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Pathologist who claimed Pakistan cricket coach was strangled to testify

10/18/2007 - Cricket

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.