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Cops far away from finding Bob killer

The Jamaican police admit that the murder investigation runs the risk of being mired in local bureaucracy.

cricket Updated: Apr 02, 2007 15:13 IST


Two weeks after Pakistan cricket coach Bob Woolmer's murder, the Jamaican police has admitted that they are still some way off finding the killer as the investigation runs the risk of being mired in local bureaucracy.

Deputy Commissioner of Police Mark Shields said his team needed time to study the CCTV tapes from Woolmer's hotel, according to The Sun.

Also, with the speculation going strong that the coach was poisoned with aconite, Shields said the toxicology tests could take a few weeks to be completed.

Shields, who believes that the 58-year-old burly coach was strangled after being subdued by poison or drugs, says unreleased evidence indicates Woolmer's murder.

Meanwhile, the investigation into the sensational murder is in danger of getting entangled in bureaucratic procedures.

"Jamaican bureaucracy is so plagued by inefficiencies that some cases dating back 10 years remain unresolved. With the island's coroners courts facing a backlog of almost 4,000 killings, a swift start to the inquest into the death of the Pakistan cricket coach appears highly unlikely," London-based the Daily Telegraph said.

The majority of outstanding cases are before the Kingston and St Andrew's Coroner's Court, where Woolmer's inquest is to be held. The court has come under severe criticism for "its seeming ineffectiveness."

The lack of progress in the investigation has built a lot pressure Shields, who is heading the inquiry.

However, Shields' former boss in London told Daily Telegraph that the former Scotland Yard detective was doing nothing wrong.

"He is a very capable and experienced policeman. Everything that has been done sees to have been perfectly standard textbook procedure," said Tom Dickinson, a retired Detective Superintendent with the City of London Police.

"Mark is in any way mishandling the investigation into Woolmer's death," he added.

First Published: Apr 02, 2007 15:04 IST