The long-awaited coroner's inquest into the death of Pakistan cricket coach Bob Woolmer
will begin on October 16 at the Jamaica Conference Centre downtown
Coroner Patrick Murphy will preside at the inquest, being held to determine the
conditions under which Woolmer died on March 18, a day after Pakistan's humiliating
defeat at the hands of Ireland in the World Cup.
The Jamaica Police had initially said Woolmer had died because
of asphyxiation due to manual strangulation but later announced the cause of
his death as natural causes.
More than 50 people are expected to testify, a report in the Jamaica Gleaner.
Meanwhile, the commission, set up to do an administrative review
of the Woolmer investigation, was yet to submit its findings to the National
The commission, headed by former High Court judge Ian Forte,
was announced on June 13 and it was originally expected to present its report
by July 31.
However, Justice Forte and his team asked for a two-week extension,
which ended on August 14.
Yesterday, the permanent secretary in the National Security
Ministry, Gilbert Scott, said Justice Forte again asked for more time.
Scott said the findings of the Commission were now expected by the end of next