15 Nov 2011

Roebuck death inquiry might last six weeks

6:07 am on 15 November 2011

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

55 year old Roebuck jumped to his death at the weekend from the window of his hotel in Cape Town where he was due to cover the Australia-South Africa test series.

A police spokesman reitereated there was nothing to suggest foul play had been involved, but that a lengthy process would need to take place to establish a formal cause of death.

Police have refused to confirm the nature of their visit to Roebuck's room before his death.