Woolmer death inquest begins in Jamaica

November 14th, 2007 - 2:24 am ICT by admin  
Contradicting the claims of the Jamaican police, which clung for three months to the theory that Woolmer was throttled in a Kingston hotel room, Dr Nathaniel Cory was quoted by The Telegraph as saying: “If I was asked if there was a violent struggle, I would say ‘No’.”

Bernice Robinson, a Jamaican hotel maid, however, told the 11-member jury at the inquest in Kingston how she found Woolmer’s body in a dishevelled, blood-spattered room on the day after his team was knocked out of the 2007 World Cup by Ireland.

Robinson said that she noticed an overturned chair and blood on the pillow. Besides, there was a smell like a mixture of alcohol and vomit when she entered the room to clean it on the morning of March 18.

She then saw a man’s leg sticking out of a bathroom door, but she could not open it because 58-year-old Woolmer’s body was blocking it from the inside.

Robinson said that before entering the room with a master key, she had knocked on the door of the room at the Pegasus Hotel earlier in the morning.

Another maid was called in, and both of them together could not open the door. It was then that they called for more help.

Despite claims that a killer would have found it next to impossible to extricate himself from the tiny bathroom while leaving his victim slumped against the other side of the door, police refused to confirm how Woolmer was found and pushed ahead with a murder investigation.

The police announced four days after his death that he had been strangled. After months of increasingly bizarre speculation, including suggestions he had been about to expose a match-fixing racket, an embarrassed Jamaican police commissioner had to close the case after pathologists in Britain, South Africa and Canada concluded he died from natural causes.

Robinson is the first of about 50 witnesses expected to testify at the inquest, which is expected to last until November 9 and determine the official cause of death. (ANI)

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