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Woolmer was not strangled, claims British paper

A report in a leading British daily says top British Home Office pathologist arrives at the conclusion that Woolmer was not strangled.
PTI | By HT Correspondent, Kingston/london
UPDATED ON MAY 15, 2007 03:49 PM IST

A top British pathologist has concluded that Bob Woolmer was not strangled, a disclosure which has further strengthened the theory that the Pakistan cricket coach died of natural causes during the World Cup.

With the police yet to make a breakthrough in the sensational case, a Jamaican lawmaker has urged the police to explain the basis of their belief that Woolmer had been murdered and prove it beyond doubt to stop what has become a "global embarrassment" for the Caribbean nation.

A report in leading British daily The Times claimed that top British Home Office pathologist Dr Nat Carey has examined Woolmer's post-mortem report, photographs and other materials after which he arrived at the conclusion that the burly Englishman was not strangled, as claimed by Jamaican Police.

According to Dr Carey, the death was not from asphyxiation due to strangulation.

The original post-mortem claimed Woolmer's broken neck bone strengthened the strangulation case but it was later pointed out that it could well have been a result of Woolmer's fall.

Jamaican newspaper Gleaner claimed the Scotland Yard sleuths, who assisted Jamaican Police in the probe, also believed that Woolmer died of natural cause.

"...The Scotland Yard report specifically said Woolmer died of heart failure, contradicting earlier reports by the investigative arm of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) and local pathologist Dr Ere Seshiah, who had conducted a post-mortem on Woolmers's body," it said.

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