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Bob Woolmer: inquest raises more questions

The series following the news and reports of Bob Woolmer’s mysterious demise.

Bob Woolmer

Woolmer died in March.
Why did it take six months for this case to be heard.
Since then his body has been cremated before a coroner verdict has been reached.

Has the verdict already been decided before the hearing started?

What is being covered up?
And why?

Day seven – Seshaiah hits back

DR. ERE Seshaiah, the government pathologist whose reputation has taken a battering over his handling of Pakistan cricket coach Bob Woolmer’s death, yesterday gave a stunning testimony on the seventh day of the coroner’s inquest at the Jamaica Conference Centre.

The India-born Seshaiah said Woolmer died from asphyxia caused by manual strangulation associated with cypermethrin poisoning. In April, he gave asphyxia as a result of manual strangulation as the cause of death.

Toxicology report:
Questioned by Director of Public Prosecutions Kent Pantry, Dr. Seshaiah said he received the toxicology report from the police, after several requests, on June 21. He did not say if the report showed traces of the pesticide in Woolmer’s body.

Dr. Seshaiah stated that the reaction from Woolmer’s body was consistent with the consumption of cypermethrin, which is usually used in Asian countries where cotton is grown. “If taken orally it metabolises rapidly and excretes from the body quickly. There is increased salivation, vomiting, diarrhoea, muscular incoordination and tremors,” he explained.

Dressed in a dark suit, the diminutive Dr. Seshaiah sat throughout his three-hour testimony. He spoke of getting indifferent treatment from local law enforcement, starting on March 22 when he gave his post-mortem report.

“I had not received all the lab reports so I gave cause of death as pending,” he said. “I was told by investigators that it was an important case and asked to give my opinion (on the cause of death) so they could proceed with their investigations.” Dr. Seshaiah said he told them then that Woolmer died from asphyxia due to manual strangulation. He said he would provide additional information once the final reports were filed.

Woolmer toxicology tests inconclusive: analyst

Toxicology tests on Pakistan cricket coach Bob Woolmer showed conflicting results as to whether he had ingested poison, a Jamaican forensic analyst has told the inquest into his death.

Marcia Dunbar testified in Jamaica that evidence of the pesticide cypermethrin was found in blood and urine samples. Of three samples of blood taken from Woolmer, Ms Dunbar said one tested for cypermethrin while the others did not.

Cypermethrin is a synthetic compound primarily used as an insecticide. It acts as a fast-acting neurotoxin in insects. It is easily degraded on soil and plants but can be effective for weeks when applied to indoor inert surfaces. Exposure to sunlight, water and oxygen will accelerate its decomposition. It is a synthetic pyrethroid.

Day eight: Pathologist maintains that Woolmer was murdered

During the opening session, the court viewed a videotape of the India-born doctor removing Woolmer’s hyoid bone. In it, he told police officers, including Assistant Commissioner Les Green, that the right side of the bone had ‘abnormal activity’, which indicated a fracture.

Later, after looking at an X-ray which showed the bone was not fractured, Dr. Sheshaiah said he might have been wrong. “After examining the X-ray, there is a real possibility it may not be broken,” he said. “But even if there is no fracture of the hyoid bone, I stand by my opinion.”

Three foreign pathologists – Dr. Nathaniel Cary of Britain’s Metropolitan Police; Dr. Michael Pollanen, chief forensic pathologist of Ontario, Canada; and Professor Lorna Jean Martin of South Africa – who examined reports, autopsy video and X-rays of the Woolmer case, concluded that the hyoid bone was not fractured.

The ultimate evidence of fracture is macroscopic examination of the bone.
XRays does not pick up every single fracture.
Ask any orthopaedic doctor.

Why did the Jamaican Police stop their investigation based on reports by “experts”
made on the basis of videos and xrays, indirect evidence.

Why was his body allowed to be cremated?
The real evidence is lost forever.

If Woolmer was indeed murdered, why such a determined effort to cover up.
Who is the mastermind that needs to be protected at all cost.

Will Woolmer get justice?



  1. LBW
    Posted October 27, 2007 at 7:10 pm | Permalink

    Good one chinaman. I will make sure that I will post updates here.

  2. Posted October 28, 2007 at 12:45 am | Permalink

    Thanks LBW,
    I had forgotten the inquest had started, till I came across the news on Google.

    Regardless of what the coroner says, from what I read, just about the handling of this case, is not usual practice, and stinks of a cover up.

    It is a great pity that the culprits will not be brought to justice.
    And cricket will be slip further into the cutches of the criminal underworld.

    Did you read my article where I had theorised the possibilities of microfixing in Indian dressing room?

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