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Lead investigator in killing of World Cup cricket coach does not confirm drugging

Lead investigator in killing of World Cup cricket coach does not confirm drugging

The top Jamaican policeman investigating the homicide of Pakistan's World Cup cricket coach said Monday he has no evidence confirming that Bob Woolmer was incapacitated by a drug before being strangled.
The British Broadcasting Corp. reported that a toxicology test on Woolmer's body shows the presence of a drug that would have incapacitated him.
Mark Shields, the deputy police commissioner in Jamaica, told The Associated Press he has not received toxicology results, and emphatically said his investigators have not concluded that Woolmer was drugged.
"No results and we have NOT confirmed anything," the former Scotland Yard policeman said in a text message to AP from his cell phone. "Work is ongoing."
The BBC's Panorama program did not identify the drug or the source of its information, and said toxicology tests were due to be given to Jamaican police next week. In London, Scotland Yard said it has no information and that the investigation and all inquiries are being handled by police in Jamaica.
Shields has said in the past that foreign investigators would examine theories that Woolmer may have been drugged before he was strangled.
Security video from the Kingston hotel where Woolmer died was sent to a laboratory in the Britain for review. Some images of the footage was obtained by the BBC.
One image shown on a BBC Web site showed Woolmer, dressed in a white T-shirt, talking with two people as he headed to an elevator in the Pegasus Hotel in Kingston, Jamaica, hours before he was killed in his room. The BBC identified the two people as fans.
Woolmer, 58, was found unconscious in his room and later declared dead on March 18, the day after his squad was upset by Ireland and eliminated from the World Cup, which was being played in the Caribbean. Police said he was strangled.
Woolmer's body was returned to his family in South Africa on Sunday.


Updated : 2021-07-27 05:17 GMT+08:00