At last, Woolmer~~s body leaves Jamaica to SA

Published: Friday, April 27, 2007, 1:40 [IST]
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Kingston (Jamaica):Murdered Pakistan cricket coach Bob Woolmer's family will have to wait three more days to receive his embalmed body which is on its way home in Cape Town from here on Thursday.

According to The Gleaner, the Kanpur-born Englishman's body, lying at a funeral handling house here for over a month, has finally left the island nation today by Air Jamaica Flight JM 003, but will have to wait in London for three days bacause of some paper works before it can finally make its move towards his native place.

Jamaica Deputy Commisioner of Police Mark Shields, who has been entrusted with the responsibility of making the arrangements for the return of Woolmer's body, has also confirmed the report.

The former Scotland Yard detective said that Woolmer's widow Gill has already been updated about the travel itinerary of her husband's last remains.

Woolmer was found dead in mysterious circumstances in his room in the 12th floor of the Pegasus Hotel on March 18, a day after Pakistan made a shock exit from the group stages of the World Cup following a humiliating defeat at the hands of debutant Ireland.

Since then his body has been lying in a funeral handling home here on Coroner Patrick Murphy's order not to release it prior to an inquest. But on last Monday he relented his earlier orders and finally issued the ticket for the body's return to its native place.

Meanwhile, investigators in charge of this high-profile murder case held a press conference here today during which Pakistani police officers, who were stationed here for last two weeks to assist Jamaica Constabulary Force detectives in solving the case also addressed the media.

The Pakistani detectives are scheduled to return home by the end of the week.


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