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Zim man implicates Roebuck

2011-11-15 07:48

Sydney - Renowned cricket writer Peter Roebuck was about to be detained over the alleged sexual assault of a Zimbabwean man when he plunged to his death, fellow commentator Jim Maxwell said on Tuesday.

English-born Roebuck, 55 was covering the ongoing Test series between South Africa and Australia for Fairfax Media and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation when he died on Saturday night.

He had called the Maxwell shortly before falling to his death from his hotel window to ask for help and the veteran commentator went to his room to find two police officers.

"I'm sure what happened was triggered by the visit of the police and the fact that they were going to charge him with an alleged sexual assault, which meant he was going to be detained and would then have to appear in court on Monday," Maxwell told the ABC.

"This is what I discovered when I went to his room after he made a very agitated, dramatic, despairing phone call to my room.

"He was absolutely on edge. And when I arrived the detective came out and filled me in on the detail."

Maxwell said he was in the room for around two minutes and then left along with one of the two policemen who had been sent to detain Roebuck, whom he last saw sitting in a chair by the window.

It was at this time police confirmed to him that they had gone to the hotel to detain Roebuck who was to be charged with sexual assault against a Zimbabwean man in his 20s.

While Maxwell was out of the room, the former Somerset captain fell to his death.

South African police confirmed he committed suicide.

Maxwell told Fairfax he did not believe the death was "sinister" despite the fact only one officer was in the room at the time, making it difficult to corroborate his evidence.

"Given his state of mind, he just had a brain snap. That is all I can assume," he said.

Roebuck studied law at Cambridge and played 335 first-class matches before becoming an Australian citizen and making a career writing about the sport, quickly establishing an avid following with his forthright, intelligent prose.

He also regularly commentated for the ABC and carried out philanthropic work with the charity The LBW Trust - Learning for a Better World, which helped underprivileged children with their education.

Reports said he was supporting 42 young adults, most of the them university students from Zimbabwe and South Africa.

AFP

Comments
  • Anthony - 2011-11-15 07:59

    (sic)

  • Peter - 2011-11-15 08:25

    Not enough detail of what he was accused of, so we have to assume guilt due to the event that occurred. Sad day for his family.

      Clarissa - 2011-11-15 11:14

      Waar daar n rokie is, is daar n vuurtjie!

      Shirley - 2011-11-15 11:32

      Nice to see sense prevails amongst some! No one knows the full story yet. My how quick we are to judge!

      Braam - 2011-11-15 12:04

      Make me think of Biko...you know, he also "jumped" WTF with a cop in the room......and no one else....

  • Zee - 2011-11-15 08:44

    Cant understand these overseas visitors, I wonder what goes through their minds when visiting South Africa. Free to do what ever they like when ever. No, we do have some laws you know!

      Shirley - 2011-11-15 11:34

      Do you know what he was doing? Or are you speculating like everyone else???

      Warren - 2011-11-15 13:14

      People aren't stupid, they know how much the English tabloids will pay for a juicy story. All you have to do is target a well known English personality. Remember Alex Ferguson when he visited Cape Town some years ago, his accuser got a pretty packet. And yes I know, I'm just speculating but I bet you there is more to this.

      Dmitri - 2011-11-15 13:34

      Actually Zee, it is because of these "laws" or lack thereof that people do what they want to do. Sad but true.

      Roger - 2011-11-15 14:00

      What a ridiculous generalisation!

  • SuperStront - 2011-11-15 09:09

    As man sows, so shall he reap. In works of fiction, such men are sometimes converted. More often, in real life, they do not change their natures until they are converted into dust.

  • wayne.kukard - 2011-11-15 09:44

    Paedophiles and homo's are 2 different things get your facts straight before making statements about Homo's or White are Right! Why do you always have to bring sexual preference and race into everything. Typical "new South African" mentallity. Catch a wake up man. Everyone gets affected by sick paedophiles going after our kids in this country. The fact that he was white makes no difference, every other day you hear of little black children getting raped by people in their community. South Africa should now really get off their Apartheid high horse and start realizing we are ONE country now, build a bridge and get over it!

  • Shirley - 2011-11-15 10:35

    I may be wrong here but do any of us KNOW he is guilty of any of this????Lets get the truth before we start with the sex perv stuff. If he is guilty of the allegations then yes its disgusting. If he had an interlude with someone and it was consentual but maybe this person saw a quick buck as he knew Roebuck was well known and the humiliation and shame was too much for him.......Lets look at a situation from all sides before we judge. Things arent always as they appear!

      sean.looney - 2011-11-15 15:22

      well considering he was charged with sexual assualt 10 years ago and pleaded guilty to common assault, even though the judge said he had caned 2 teenages to "fulfill some fantasy he has in his head", i think him jumping off the balcony implicates him quite strongly. people dont go jumping off ledges if they feel they're innocent, and any conspiracy theory about the police officer throwing him off is just ludicrous. its amazing that nobody has argued the innocent until proven guilty mantra in the dewani case?

  • Van - 2011-11-15 10:54

    Seems that he was batting for the other team.

      wayne.kukard - 2011-11-15 11:21

      look the word up paedophile esp US, pedophile ['pi?d???fa?l] n (Psychiatry) a person who is sexually attracted to children. Thesaurus Legend: Synonyms Related Words Antonyms It's not about batting for any type of team. Gay men are men who are attracted to men NOT CHILDREN same with Lesbian woman who are attracted to women not children! I am so sick of people accusing gay people for stuff like this without knowing the facts!

      Johan - 2011-11-15 12:01

      so what of it ... in this country we have many freedoms ... speech, movement, voting and many others ... and yes even sexual preference ... or has no-one noticed yet ... dammit ... we should not jump to conclusions as our only exercise for the day ... sheesh already ...

  • AmosMoledi - 2011-11-15 10:59

    I was reading comments yesterday and noted how the people were so negative about the SAPS. Some of them went as far thinking the police officer did not understand the difference between push and pull.

      Van - 2011-11-15 11:11

      Do you blame them?

  • steveroodt - 2011-11-15 12:07

    Maybe a bit of black mail was asked for before the police were informed Watch this space

  • Skinfaxi - 2011-11-15 15:15

    Note to self: When escaping from the police by sneaking quietly out the window, always remember what floor you’re on.

  • Lucy - 2011-11-16 11:30

    So what if Peter was gay, or bi or whatever? Why does that automatically make him the Demon in the piece? What of the boy with the allegations? Was it assault? Was it Consensual? Was he trying to make a quick buck? I've a friend who has been caught out by his fondness for younger men. Unfortunately this means that older gay men will start being distrusting of younger men's motives for being with them. This is sad on two fronts, because there are actually decent younger men who honestly enjoy the company of older men! And please don't any Christians preach at me, go and work on your own Salvation with fear and trembling before you work on someone else's!

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