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Pathologist defends his findings

June 13, 2007 13:08 IST

The Jamaican Police might have closed the Bob Woolmer chapter, concluding the death as natural, but Indian born pathologist Dr Ere Seshaiah, whose autopsy report formed an important part in the police launching a murder probe, stands by his medical examination.

"I am sticking to my findings. He was murdered," Seshaiah was quoted as saying by the Jamaica Observer.

"I am confident he was murdered. Woolmer is not a first for me, I have been doing autopsies here since 1995," Seshaiah said.

Declaring Woolmer's death as natural, after pursuing it as murder for almost three months, Jamaican Constabulary Force commissioner Lucius Thomas on Tuesday said three foreign pathologists and toxicology tests had ruled out any foul play in the death of the Pakistani coach on March 18.

"The JCF accepts these findings and has now closed its investigation into the death of Bob Woolmer," Thomas told a news conference.

Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner Mark Shields, who led the investigation into Woolmer's death refused to step down in the wake of the wrong judgement by the police in treating Woolmer's death as murder.

"I love my job and I love working in this country. I am looking forward to the next two years of my contract. We are not pathologists and if we had not sought other opinions we would have also been criticised," Shields said.

Woolmer was found dead in his room of Pegasus Hotel in Kingston on March 18, a day after his team made a premature exit from the World Cup tournament following Pakistan's unexpected loss to Ireland.

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