Inquest into Roebuck`s death opened and adjourned

London: An inquest into the death of noted cricket columnist Peter Roebuck has been adjourned till further notification with the Warrington Coroner`s Court still awaiting the report of the third post-mortem conducted on the writer earlier this week.

An inquest was opened and adjourned at Warrington Coroner`s Court into Roebuck`s death, who jumped from his hotel room window in Capetown, South Africa in November last year after being spoken to by the police on charges of sexual assault.

The 55-year-old had been to the African nation to cover the Test series between Australia and the Proteas. The former Somerset skipper was accused of sexual assault by a Zimbabwean man who met him for seeking financial help for education.

The South African authorities had reported that Roebuck died after falling from a building, however, at the request of the coroner yet another post-mortem examination took place at the Liverpool Royal Hospital on Monday to adjudge the real cause of the writer`s death.

The coroner for Cheshire, Nicholas Rheinberg, formally opened the inquest yesterday and then adjourned the case to a date yet to be fixed.

"The South African authorities have reported that Peter Michael Roebuck died after falling from a building in Cape Town, South Africa, in November 2011," a spokesman for Cheshire Police, who are now investigating the matter on behalf of HM Coroner, was quoted as saying.

"Whilst the full findings of the post-mortem are still to be established, at this stage the indication is that Roebuck did have injuries consistent with a fall," he added.

The former county cricketer, who represented Somerset from 1974 to 1991, became a respected writer and broadcaster first in the UK then in Australia after his retirement and was well known for his strong opinions about the game.