Woolmer counting large wad of money days before his death: Witness

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Kingston, Oct 31 (UNI) The never-ending twist in Bob Woolmer death case came to life again with a witness telling a coroner's Inquest that the Pakistan World Cup coach was counting ''coils of US dollars'' in the presence of a man ''who looked like an Indian'' a day before the World Cup was to start.

The courtroom was stunned when Patricia Baker-Sinclair, a senior superintendent working with Manpower Maintenance Services, made the revelation that on March 12, she saw Woolmer counting a large wad of money inside a closed area of the Pakistan dressing room at Sabina Park, while being questioned by Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions.

''I saw Woolmer sitting facing the door and the next gentleman counting a lot of money, a lot of US currency,'' Baker-Sinclair said.

''The money was in a thick coil. A lot of coils on the table, elastic up,'' Baker-Sinclair was quoted as saying by Jamaica Observer.

''He (Woolmer) was putting it into one of the big blue and black cricket bag that the cricketers carry their bats in.'' She told the court that Woolmer and the other man, whom she described as an Indian who wore a suit, spoke in a language that she couldn't understand.

She said she had gone to that area of Sabina Park to refill the bathroom with toiletries and she was only allowed in after knocking and being asked to identify herself.

Meanwhile, forensic scientist Cheryl Corbin, who conducted tests on DNA samples taken from Woolmer's body, revealed the presence of the pesticide cypermethrin.

Corbin, Director of Forensic Sciences Centre in Barbados, said she cross-checked her findings by comparing it with the pure form of the chemical from the company which manufactures the spray.

The inquest will continue with Corbin and other forensic scientists, Michael Best and Marcia Dunbar, to give further evidence.


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