Oh my God! Police say Woolmer was murdered ~ Cricket Blog - THE COMMENTARY BOX

Friday, March 23, 2007

Oh my God! Police say Woolmer was murdered

The full police statement from Cricinfo:

"Consistent with our approach from the time Pakistani cricket coach, Mr Robert Woolmer was found in his hotel room on Sunday, March 18, the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) has updated the media on all developments concerning our investigations of this case. The Jamaican police are in a position to inform that it is now in possession of the official post-mortem report from the government pathologist who conducted the autopsy on the late Mr Woolmer.

The pathologist report is now available and states that Mr Woolmer's death was due to asphyxia as a result of manual strangulation. In these circumstances, the matter of Mr Robert Woolmer's death is now being treated by the Jamaica Police as a case of murder. Steps are being taken to conclude these investigations, which include collecting statements from all persons who in the opinion of the police can be of assistance to these investigations.

In due course further announcements will be made as to the progress of our investigations of Mr Woolmer's murder. The JCF is making an appeal to anyone who may have information that would help us to identify Bob Woolmer's killer or killers to come forward in order that his wife, Gill, and his family can begin the process of healing.

It is our belief that those associated with or having access to Mr Woolmer may have vital information that would assist this inquiry. We appeal to these individuals to come forward now to assist us with our investigation. Our condolences go out to Gill, Bob's widow, and their sons, friends and members of the Pakistan team."

This is the most unsettling piece of news for me as for any true cricket fan. What was most feared and what every cricket follower wanted to disbelieve has turned out to be true. It was sad enough to know that death had cruelly gotten through to a great man who still had a lot more to offer to cricket and to the world. But to gulp in the fact that he was undone by the cruel and selfish intent of a bloody murderer is truly disorienting. A life has been lost and this is one big indelible scar on the game as well as on the World Cup.  

All I can do though is to hope and pray that the people behind this are brought down to justice for the sake of cricket and for the sake of Bob’s grieving family.

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