Woolmer probe: Pathologist defends murder theory

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/images/thumbnail/ver1/w/woolmer_ap.jpg' class='caption'> The Jamaican government pathologist who performed an autopsy on Bob Woolmer again defended his ruling that the Pak coach was the victim of foul play

Updated: October 31, 2007 14:07 IST
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The Jamaican government pathologist, who performed an autopsy on Bob Woolmer, again defended his ruling that the Pakistan cricket coach was the victim of foul play.

Under questioning by an International Cricket Council lawyer, Dr Ere Sheshiah on Monday reiterated his conclusion that the 58-year-old coach died of asphyxia and pesticide poisoning and said he did not consider other rulings valid.

"I am not deviating from my findings," said the visibly flustered pathologist to ICC attorney Jermaine Spence. "I have already told the court of my opinion."

Sheshiah, who has testified the 58-year-old coach was poisoned by the pesticide cypermethrin, said he could not definitely conclude how much of the chemical was in Woolmer's body, but claimed it was enough to be fatal.

During the inquest last week, a Jamaican laboratory worker who analyzed toxicology tests on Woolmer said that one sample revealed low levels of the pesticide in his system, but another showed no sign of the potentially lethal chemical.

Woolmer was found unconscious in his Kingston hotel room March 18, a day after his team was upset by Ireland eliminated from the Cricket World Cup. He died at a hospital shortly afterward.

Days later, Sheshiah ruled he had been strangled, prompting a homicide investigation and a frenzy of media speculation.

Jamaican police called off their probe in June after foreign pathologists concluded the coach had died from natural causes, most likely heart disease.

Three foreign doctors have testified that the 65-year-old Sheshiah had misinterpreted his own findings and said his medical techniques did not meet international standards.

The inquest into Woolmer's death is expected to end Nov. 9, after roughly 50 witnesses appear before the 11-member jury. Jamaican police spokesman Karl Angell was expected to testify Tuesday.

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