The death of Pakistan cricket coach Bob Woolmer was a premeditated act…

The death of Pakistan cricket coach Bob Woolmer was a premeditated act when he was first poisoned and then strangled, a BBC report claims.

Woolmer was murdered in Jamaica on March 18 during the World Cup more than a month ago and just a day after Pakistan were eliminated from the World Cup following a shock defeat by Ireland.

He was found unconscious in his hotel room and pronounced dead at hospital. Police said he was strangled in a crime still shrouded in mystery.

The BBC’s Panorama programme, in an investigation due to be screened on Monday night, says that preliminary toxicology tests showed that Woolmer, who was 6ft 2in (1.88 metres) tall and heavily built, was subdued by a drug that left him helpless to fight back against his assailants.

Newspaper reports said the programme would also screen the last recorded image of Woolmer, taken after Pakistan’s shock defeat.

A blurred recording from a CCTV camera at the Pegasus Hotel shows the coach heading back to his room on the 12th floor, where his body was found the following morning.

Police in Jamaica have not yet made any arrests in connection with Woolmer’s death, which cast a huge shadow over the cricket World Cup that ended on Saturday and was won by Australia.

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