30/04/2007

Woolmer 'was poisoned'

Pakistan cricket coach Bob Woolmer, who was strangled at the Cricket World Cup six weeks ago, was also poisoned, a BBC investigation has claimed.

BBC's 'Panorama' programme said that preliminary results of toxicology tests meant that it now seemed certain that Woolmer was rendered incapable of resisting before he was strangled.

The investigation said that a drug had been found in Woolmer's body, which would have left him incapacitated.

Adam Parsons from 'Panorama' said: "Those tests will show there was a drug in his system that would have incapacitated Mr Woolmer. It now seems certain that as he was being strangled, he'd already been rendered helpless - leaving him unable to fight back."

The final results of the toxicology report are due to be given to Jamaican police next week.

Woolmer, 58, was found unconscious in his hotel room at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel in Kingston on March 18, 24 hours after Pakistan lost to Ireland in the first round of the Cricket World Cup. He died later in hospital.

His body was flown back to his home in Cape Town, South Africa on Sunday.

'Panorama: Murder at the World Cup' is due to be shown on BBC1 at 8:30pm on Monday.

(KMcA/JM)


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