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Woolmer's death was a tragic accident

cricket Updated: Apr 02, 2007 17:11 IST

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A new revelation that an upset Bob Woolmer was drowning his sorrows in a bottle of whisky after Pakistan's shocking exit from the World Cup has fuelled speculation that the murder might just be a tragic accident.

Meanwhile, some of Britain's leading forensic pathologists have also expressed doubts about the evidence suggesting that Woolmer was strangled and called for a second autopsy to examine the cause of death.

According to a report in 'The Mail', a witness has described how the 58-year-old sat alone in the bar of the Hotel Pegasus in Kingston after Pakistan crashed out of the World Cup and 'drowned his sorrows' with a bottle of whisky.

The witness said that Woolmer sat alone on the team bus after the match, looking 'extremely vexed'. At the hotel, he is said to have begun drinking almost immediately, the report said.

Most of the Pakistani players went for a dinner to the home of multi-millionaire car dealer Tariq Malik but Woolmer stayed back.

"There was an open invitation for him the previous evening but the players told me he stayed back at the hotel drinking Scotch. They said he had drunk up to a bottle and was really drowning his sorrows," Malik said.

Malik, who moved to Kingston from Pakistan 20 years ago, said he met Woolmer twice at the Pegasus.

"The only security I saw at the Pegasus was after Bob's death. Prior to that you could get into the lift and go up to the rooms unchallenged," he said.

Malik was contacted by Jamaican police five days ago, but has yet to be visited by an officer to record what could turn out to be vital evidence.