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Scotland Yard detectives arrive in Jamaica

The four-member team, led by Superintendent Sweeney, has been briefed by the local police in Woolmer's case.

cricket Updated: Apr 04, 2007 18:27 IST

A team of Scotland Yard detectives and two Interpol staff have arrived in Jamaica to assist the Jamaican police in the Pakistan cricket coach Bob Woolmer's murder investigation.

The four-member Scotland Yard team, led by Superintendent John Sweeney of London's Homicide and Serious Crime Command were briefed by the local police on Tuesday.

"They are going to look at the main lines of inquiry but I will also get them to review the technical evidence," Deputy Police Commissioner Mark Shields said.

Shields, himself a former Scotland Yard detective, said the visiting team would review CCTV footage from Pegasus Hotel where Woolmer was killed in his room on March 18.

The police had said that Woolmer was manually strangled but another theory was floated in the following days, according to which the 58-year-old former England batsman was poisoned before being strangulated.

The DCP said the experts would also examine both the theories.

The Interpol staff include a British forensic expert who specialises in DNA analysis. "Susan Hitchen arrived here late (Monday) night," said Jamaican police spokesman Karl Angell.

The Jamaican police had collected DNA samples of all those who were at the hotel on the fateful day, including the members of the Pakistan, the West Indies and other cricket teams who stayed there during the World Cup.

Meanwhile, chances of a second autopsy became less after Woolmer's body was embalmed, 'The Times' reported in London.

"The body was taken from Kingston public hospital in Jamaica three hours after a postmortem examination was carried out two weeks ago. It was moved to a Kingston funeral parlour and embalmed an hour later. It is still there," the daily reported.

"Winston Roman, who runs the funeral home in Kingston, confirmed that Woolmers body had been embalmed so that it could be sent to his family in South Africa.

"He said that the police had not objected to embalming, which he said would not preclude a reexamination."

The newspaper, quoting a pathologist, said that although embalming does not prevent another autopsy but "quite clearly it will make the examination more difficult."