Peter Roebuck Suicide…Why?

Cricket commentator Peter Roebuck in sex case probe before death

Peter Roebuck, the world-famous cricketing Commentator and journalist tragically he took his own life  at 9.15pm Saturday night by jumping out the window of his room on the sixth floor of the Southern Sun Newlands Hotel in Cape Town whilst being interviewed by police in relation to sexual assault allegations. He was in Cape Town covering the 1st test match between South Africa and Australia.

This opens many questions and the police there say an inquest could take weeks, months or years.THE QUESTION IS WHY DID THIS HAPPEN, OBVIOUSLY SERIOUS ALLEGATIONS HAD BEEN MADE FOR ROEBUCK TO MAKE A DECISION IN AN INSTANT TO GO TO HIS OPEN WINDOW AND JUMP TO HIS DEATH IN THE PRESENCE OF POLICE. Whatever our personal opinion is of his fantastic commentary and many columns he writes, the TRUTH must be told and not covered up because he is a famous person. If the media are prepared to splash anyone and everyone on the front pages they better tell the full story with Roebuck. he has been given slaps on the wrist for past problems with young teenagers maybe because of who he is, and his past may have caught up with him

UPDATED 15/11/2011 He obviously liked his “Whipping Boys” over there. Helping out the youth (Consider that a type of “Payment”) where we don’t hear about the complaints because they are so ‘grateful” for his help…More allegations are about to come out as more victims are now prepared to come forward as police take more statements. Shame he will be now remembered as a dirty old man who couldn’t keep his hands of boys…Interestingly HOW LONG HAS THE COMMENTARY/MEDIA/JOURNO’S KNOWN ABOUT HIS PARTICULAR PASTIMES AND DONE ABSOLUTELY NOTHING ABOUT IT. OBVIOUSLY JIM MAXWELL DID! WHO ELSE?????  HE HELD IN SUCH HIGH REGARD HE WAS A PROTECTED SPECIES IT SEEMS….

Peter Roebuck was a supporter of junior cricket., and young men it seems

When police confronted Roebuck in his hotel at about 9pm on Saturday, with the intention of making an arrest, the former Somerset captain allegedly asked to be allowed to change his clothes.

In the process he managed to move close to a window and jumped out.

Asked if he was aware of the complaint made against Roebuck, Maxwell said last night: “I was aware of that a while ago, yes. I know all about that, correct.”

Maxwell said he did not speak to Roebuck personally about the sexual assault claim.

“He never got to talk about it, I wasn’t allowed to talk about that, it was never mentioned,” he said.

“But he was in a highly agitated state so you can read what you want from that.”

Maxwell said he was mystified as to how Roebuck managed to jump from his hotel-room window so quickly.

“I’m not sure how it happened. He was sitting in a chair when I walked out of the room,” Maxwell, who gave “a very lengthy statement” to Cape Town detectives, said yesterday.


South African police authorities will await a post-mortem report before stepping up investigations.

“An inquest can take a long time, it can be anything from six months to two or three years, but what is critical here is to get the autopsy reports, or what we call the post-mortem report,” Naidoo said this morning.

“We will be looking at that first and that can take four to six weeks, sometimes up to eight weeks. When we get that report, we can determine officially what his cause of death was.

“There is no crime suspected as far as Mr Roebuck’s death is concerned.

“If someone dies of unnatural causes and there isn’t suspicion of a crime being committed, then we conduct an inquest.

“In this time, we will undertake the normal investigation. We will take statements, we will await medical reports and that will form part of our investigation.”

Peter Roebuck in May 1981

In 2001, the former Somerset cricket captain was given a suspended jail sentence after admitting caning three young cricketers he had offered to coach.

Roebuck, of Exmouth in Devon, pleaded guilty to three charges of common assault involving three South African teenagers between 1 April and 31 May, 1999.

He had pleaded not guilty to three counts of causing actual bodily harm, which was accepted by the prosecution.

Roebuck was sentenced to four months in jail for each count, with the sentences suspended for two years, at Taunton Crown Court.

Judge Graham Hume Jones told Roebuck he had abused his power and influence over the boys, who were far from home and far from friends and family.

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Peter Michael Roebuck (6 March 1956 – 12 November 2011) was an English cricketer, newspaper columnist and radio commentator. Between 1986 and 1988, he was the captain of the English county side Somerset. During 1989, Roebuck also captained an England XI one-day cricket team that lost to the Netherlands.

On 12 November 2011, Roebuck jumped to his death from the sixth floor of a hotel in Cape Town. He was visiting Cape Town to report on a Test Match between South Africa and Australia for the Sydney Morning Herald and Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

Playing career

Tall, bespectacled and of bookish appearance, Roebuck was a right-handed batsman, often used as an opener, and occasionally bowled right-arm offspin. He played for Somerset’s second eleven at the age of 13 and regular first-class cricket from 1974 until his retirement in 1991. He later played Minor Counties cricket for Devon.

In 335 first-class matches he scored 17,558 runs at an average of 37.27, making 33 centuries with a highest score of 221* and took 72 wickets at 49.16. In 298 one day matches he scored 7244 runs at 29.81 while taking 51 wickets at 25.09.

Roebuck was named as Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1988.


His journal of the 1983 season, It Never Rains, established him as one of cricket’s finest journalists.

Roebuck wrote columns for the Sydney Morning Herald, the Melbourne Age and Cricinfo, as well as commentating for the ABC radio cricket coverage in Australia. He was known for wearing his trademark straw sunhat at all times, even in the commentary box.

He liked the egalitarian approach of the Australian Cricket Board.

He felt there was too much nationalism in cricket writing and it should be avoided when analysing the game. He was one of the few global voices in the game without allegiance to any nation, team or player.

He was one of the last journalists in cricket to acquire a laptop and mobile phone and found them quite useful

Roebuck was often critical of the Australian cricket team and, in particular, the Australian captain Ricky Ponting. Following Australia’s narrow victory in the second Test against India at the Sydney Cricket Ground in 2007–08, Roebuck accused the Australians of “bad sportsmanship and triumphalism”, describing the Australian team as a “pack of wild dogs” and claiming that Ponting has “shown not the slightest interest in the well-being of the game, not the slightest sign of diplomatic skills, not a single mark of respect for his accomplished and widely admired opponents.

Roebuck was described as an astute judge of cricketers, contrarian, master wordsmith and his writing was described as lean, erudite, fluent, perceptive, vibrant

Personal life

Roebuck spent his last years residing in Straw Hat Farm, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, as well as Bondi, Sydney, Australia He grew estranged from England and became an Australian citizen. His colleague Malcolm Knox said of Roebuck that “nothing could rile him more, after he became an Australian citizen, than to be described as an Englishman of any kind, even a former one.”

Peter was estranged from his family and did not talk about them much.In 2005 his father wrote that Peter is an “unconventional loner with an independent outlook on life, an irreverent sense of humour and sometimes a withering tongue.”

He was a solitary and complex manwho preferred to read a book while eating alone rather than spend time in the company of his colleagues.

He lived an austere life, even doing without deodorant. Very few possessions were found in his hotel room after his death

Assault conviction

In 1999, while working as a commentator in South Africa, Roebuck met three cricketers, all aged 19, and offered to coach them, inviting them to live at his home in England. He warned them beforehand that he would use corporal punishment if they failed to obey his “house rules”. He caned all three men on their bare buttocks at different times for misbehaviour and in 2001 was given a suspended jail sentence after pleading guilty to three charges of common assault. He told the court, “Obviously I misjudged the mood and that was my mistake and my responsibility and I accept that.Henk Lindeque, one of Mr Roebuck’s victims, said, “I haven’t had any contact with him since the trial. The problem was not so much that he caned us but wanted to examine the marks. That’s when I decided to get out of his house.”


At 9.15pm on 12 November 2011, Roebuck died after jumping from the sixth floor of the Southern Sun Hotel in Newlands,  Cape Town, South Africa. He landed on the awning outside the entrance to the hotel. It is reported that Roebuck jumped from the hotel room while a Cape Town detective and a uniformed police officer from the sexual crimes unit were questioning him Roebuck’s body was taken to a mortuary in the early hours of the next morning. A statement issued by South African police confirmed that Roebuck had committed suicide

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18 thoughts on “Peter Roebuck Suicide…Why?

  1. I become aware of this incident early yesterday before the allegations and story had hit the papers and media and watched with interest to see if the full details would be revealed.

    I was going to post the above story last night but slept on it to see what they said today. Ultimately I don’t care WHO the person is, if they have committed past or present crimes and the truth need be told I will.

    He was admired by a lot of people but ultimately I can live with the flak I will get from some posting this, at the end of the day all we want is the truth with NO cover-ups…


  2. One would think the allegations were of a serious nature and with foundation for him to jump while being quizzed by the cops … it appears he was determined not to have to face a court. With the media reporting very little on this I believe we’ll never hear what really transpired.


    • Hi Rab, he certainly was not pushed (well not physically) but may of been by his own conciousness…I’m sure the CTV security footage will sneak out one day. In a town like Cape town video is everywhere in the city


  3. Just amazing in a country with freedom of press how little we are getting told lately by media outlets on some i’ve said without this website people would be so in the dark on the “real” story..major media outlets are treating the public like mushrooms.. kept in the dark and fed bullshit.


  4. All we are getting from the media are reports of him being a “genius”. Perhaps this means that his activities are acceptable to Australian Media but at odds with South African Police. One things for sure, it wasn’t unpaid parking fines.


    • How obvious is this he was thrown out the window by the Police ,the Police over there kill people all the time mostly blacks. My brother recently was on holidays there and told me a story he witnessed in a small town 2 blacks robbed a shop and the Police just shot them and left them on the side of the road . They do not even remove the bodies.


  5. Max, on this occasion I do not think so.
    The cops would of been famous for this case, interviews etc etc. They had nothing to gain by doing that to such a famous person. Plus Jim Maxwell had just been in the room….

    He was about to be humiliated beyond belief and all his dirty secrets about to be told.

    He took the cowards way out and killed himself in disgrace.

    If he gets some kind of heroes funeral here by all the journo’s and commentators and backslappers who did nothing but hide and tolerate his behaviour over many years, well then this countries media and the people that run it are a disgrace.


    • Youngsters? Every report I have read says that the complainants were young men.

      Don’t get me wrong, I am not condoning sexual assault, but I think it is important not to make accusations/intimations of paedophillia without supporting facts. That said, if you have any links to information that does support such claims, post them up! I’d be interested to read them :)


      • Young men now, what about the months and years of grooming.He often boasted about his superior IQ. I am certain he abused those under the age of 18, but he looked forward to the day they turned 18 and beyond, a loophole only the manipulative type would consider….Think about it. he trolled cricket clubs in poor areas and “offered” to assist these kids….It was the equivalent of the “Bag of Lollies” that we hear about except they are perceived as the seedy old dodgy men…. This happened to me in my youth, I know what I am talking about…

        Roebucks colleagues and back slappers should be ashamed, because they pretended to be blind, and consciously chose to ignore what they knew he did behind closed doors. It is all criminal behaviour whether the victims were 12, 19, or 53…


      • As I’ve said in other discussions, assumptions can’t/shouldn’t be presented as facts. The facts that we have available is that he assaulted adult men, not children.

        Yes, there are issues here of power, control and consent. But nothing about children yet.


  6. Also – am I alone in finding something not-so-subtly racist in referring to adult African men as boys? Look elsewhere in our media, men that age are usually referred to as “young men”, “youths” or perhaps “teenagers”. Not “boys”…


    • Hi perplexed, I’ve been away from computer till this arvo, I am assuming you are referring to my use of the term “Whipping Boys’. That term has nothing to do with the ethnic origin or colour or anything.

      It 100% refers to a movie made in Australia of the same name, about a protected ring of pedophiles in Australia of high stature, who were some what protected by high society, and claimed to of contained judges, politicians and others holding positions of trust. They went over board on a boy they whipped and he died….

      I am certainly not racist, this could of been in Australia against anyone. The fact he supported youth overseas who were so appreciative of the help he provided, has allowed his behaviour to continue. he did not dare do what he did there, here, to the same extent, knowing that the chances are he would be exposed…Believe me, THE LID has barely been lifted on Roebuck publicly…

      Cheers, always appreciate your comments and thoughts. Hope that clears that up, but if you would like to know anything else please ask!


      • Hi Robbo. I certainly wasn’t calling you racist, I was referring to the language in the reports. And no, I was not referring to the term whipping boy – which goes back considerably further than that film. Originally whipping boys were peasant companions of royal children. They copped the punishment for the misdeeds of the prince/princess because royal skin could not be chastised.

        No, what I was referring to is the loooong history of referring to black men as “boy” as a hangover of slavery and segregation. A VERY good example of the offence it can cause is when Bert Newton was interviewing Muhammed Ali and without thinking said “That’s my boy”. Look up the footage for the reaction.

        I was surprised to read the term in the mainstream media reports, I want just referring to here.


      • And, of course, that last “want” is supposed to read “wasn’t” ;)

        Also, I looked up the Newton/Ali thing and I slightly misquoted. The actual comment was “I like the boy”

        Here’s a mobile youtube link, don’t know if it’ll work on a desktop, though :)


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