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.
Roebuck, 55, in Cape Town to cover the Test series between the Proteas and Australia, reportedly jumped from his Southern Sun Hotel room window.
A spokesman for the South African Police Service reitereated 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,” the spokesman said.
“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.”
by Buford Balony