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Thursday, October 18, 2007
Pathologist who claimed Pakistan cricket coach was strangled to testify

Associated Press

KINGSTON, Jamaica -- A pathologist who concluded a Pakistan cricket coach was strangled is still expected to testify at the inquest despite a mild stroke.

"He is recovering well and should be here next week," said Dirk Harrison, one of the prosecutors, conducting the inquest.

Dr. Ere Sheshiah, a Jamaican government pathologist, is a key witness because he has made few public statements since his autopsy concluded Bob Woolmer had been strangled in his hotel room in downtown Kingston during the cricket World Cup.

Woolmer was found dead March 18, a day after his team was eliminated.

Four days later, Jamaican police announced Woolmer had been strangled -- setting off a globe-spanning homicide investigation. In June, authorities ended the probe after pathologists in Britain, South Africa and Canada concluded the coach died from natural causes.

British pathologist Dr. Nathaniel Cary, who criticized Sheshiah's autopsy technique, testified Wednesday he believes heart disease caused the coach's death.

Another major witness, Deputy Commissioner Mark Shields, is recovering from dengue fever but also is expected to testify, police spokesman Karl Angell said.

The inquest to determine the cause of death began Tuesday and is expected to end Nov. 9 after about 50 witnesses appear before the 11-member jury.