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Media intrusion hampering investigations: Jamaica

Published: Tuesday, March 27, 2007, 18:48 [IST]
 
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Georgetown (Guyana), Mar 27: Jamaican police came down hard on&13;media, the British press in particular, stating that its obsessive&13;intrusion was hampering Bob Woolmer's murder investigation.
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As inquiry moves to Woolmer's computer, his last meals, missing&13;cricket fans and other minute details, the scribes are having a field&13;day writing about anything that is coming by.
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''The British press is writing complete nonsense and rest of the&13;world is following them,'' a spokesman from DCP Mark Shield's office&13;told UNI over phone.
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&13; He, however, admitted that Bob Woolmer's computer and last meal had been investigated.
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''What is the meaning of investigation if we do not check&13;everything that has some connection with Bob Woolmer. Computer is&13;obviously the first choice. We will be mad not to touch computer.
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&13; Media is making mountain out of molehill,'' he said.
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Mr Shields was reported by the local media as saying that the&13;investigations were examining the possibility that the murder was&13;connected to match-fixing, but added police have kept all lines of&13;inquiry open.
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''We're exploring the possibility of match-fixing, but that's only&13;one line of inquiry,'' Mr Shield's said adding investigators had not&13;found any mention of it in the computer.
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''The reality as I've said before is that there are many potential&13;suspects in this investigation and even more potential witnesses, and&13;we are nowhere at the stage of being able to start naming names in&13;terms of suspects,'' he said.
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&13; The police were looking at drugged food angle, as Woolmer was a huge man and couln't have been strangled very easily.
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''He was 6ft 1 in (185cm) and a big man, and unless he was drugged&13;or impaired it would perhaps have been difficult to restrain him. We&13;are looking at whether his food was drugged,'' he said.
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&13; A portion of the meal was recovered after it was thrown away and toxicology test was being conducted.
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&13; ''That does not happen in five minutes. We have got it now, and my officers are starting to go through it.''


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