Peter Roebuck probe to take at least six weeks

Mon, 14 Nov 12:58:00 2011

South African police investigating the death of former Somerset captain and cricket writer Peter Roebuck expect an inquest to last at least six weeks before an official cause can be determined.

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Roebuck, 55, had been covering the Test series between the Proteas and Australia when he reportedly jumped from his Southern Sun Hotel room window before being declared dead.

Captain Frederick van Wyk of Cape Town Police told reporters on Sunday the incident was being treated as a suicide. He said: "An incident occurred last night (Saturday) at about 9.15pm at a hotel in Claremont where a 55-year-old British citizen, who worked as an Australian commentator, committed suicide."

A spokesman for the South African Police Service gave an update on the investigation on Monday, suggesting that there was nothing to suggest foul play had been involved but that a lengthy process would need to take place before a formal cause of death could be conveyed.

"At this stage I can only confirm that we are investigating an inquest in respect to Mr Roebuck's death," said a spokesman. "The purpose of this investigation is to officially determine the circumstances as well as his cause of death. Also, I can confirm that no evidence has been found at the scene to suspect foul play in respect of his death.

"I doubt there will be any significant developments before the post mortem report is finalised. I believe this takes a minimum of six weeks."

Roebuck was reportedly questioned by officers from the sexual crimes unit prior to his death, however, police refused to comment on whether or not they had been in contact with him.

Roebuck, who had been working for the Sydney Morning Herald and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, captained Somerset and opened the batting for much of the 1980s and passed 1,000 runs nine times in 12 seasons.

Following his retirement, Roebuck became a respected columnist for the Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and Cricinfo alongside his commentary duties. His uniquely opinionated brand of journalism made him one of the game's best known media men.

He travelled regularly with the Australian cricket team and split the rest of his year living between Sydney and Pietermaritzburg, South Africa.

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