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Interpol expert to help Jamaican investigators


The Jamaican authorities have commissioned an Interpol forensic expert to help solve the Bob Woolmer murder case even as local Police in Kingston denied sensational reports suggesting that the Pakistan coach was poisoned.

A female forensic expert from Interpol expert flew into Kingston on Tuesday morning to assist the Jamaican investigators in the Woolmer murder probe just a day after the local police said that they were standing by their account of the cause of the Englishman’s death — manual strangulation.

There have been recent reports in the international media that aconite, an ancient drug, was used to kill Woolmer. This new theory clashes with the Police verdict which, quoting Woolmer’s autopsy report, said that the Pakistani coach was strangled.

Jamaican officials have been complaining about a dearth of experienced and well-trained pathologists and forensic experts and believe that this problem has been exposed by the high-profile Woolmer case.

Woolmer, 58, was found unconscious in his bathroom at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel in Kingston on March 18 and was later pronounced dead at a local hospital. Five days later, the Police ordered a full murder investigation following an autopsy report.

But since then little headway has been made. The Police announce setting up a hotline but there has been no official word on any witnessing volunteering to help assist the investigators.

Four Scotland Yard detective have arrived in Jamaica to help out the investigations while two more detectives from Pakistan are scheduled to fly into the island.

The Interpol forensic expert, whose help was sought by the Jamaican Police, is the latest addition to the growing team of international detectives and experts now taking part in the murder investigation.

The forensic expert, whose name and nationality are yet to be disclosed, was scheduled to begin examining the reports of the murder case prepared by the Jamaican Police right away. She would also be reviewing the report of the pathologist who carried out an autopsy on Woolmer’s body last month.

The pathologists’ report has been controversial as doubts have been raised over its credibility from different quarters. There has even been a suggestion that Woolmer died of natural causes and the pathologist got it all wrong.

For the last couple of days, it has been strongly speculated that Woolmer was poisoned by his killer(s) who used a toxic herb, aconite. Local Police say that Woolmer died of asphyxiation caused by manual strangulation. Forensic experts, meanwhile, suggest that aconite can cause asphyxiation.

Aconite is an ancient poison that has been used to centuries in some parts of the world including the region which is now Pakistan. Doses, as small as one gram, can cause death. Symptoms of poisoning begin with a tingling in the mouth, fingers, and toes that then spreads over the entire body surface. Body temperature drops quickly, and nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea follow. Fatal doses are marked by intense pain; irregular breathing; and a slowed and irregular heartbeat. Death results from heart failure or asphyxiation.

Jamaican Police spokesman, Karl Angell, on Monday evening continued to stay firm on the Police verdict that Woolmer was strangled.

“Thus far we have to work with what is at hand. At hand is the pathologist report that he (Woolmer) died from asphyxiation as a result of manual strangulation,” he said. “As far as talks of poisoning (are concerned), we await the toxicology report from the forensic lab,” he added.

Angell refused to give any time frame for the toxicology report that has been delayed due to unknown reasons.

Source:The News

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