Husband 'challenged' over bride's Cambodia honeymoon hotel heroin death
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A solicitor has been challenged by a coroner about the death of his young wife while the couple were on their honeymoon in Cambodia.
Damian Cadman-Jones, 31, was questioned by coroner Donald Coutts-Wood over the death of Kristy Cadman-Jones, 27, who died in her sleep in the honeymoon hotel bed after a drug overdose.
Lethal levels of morphine and codeine were found in her system, after she had taken what she thought was cocaine, but was actually heroin.
The recruitment consultant died on 9 January at Regent Park Hotel in Phnom Penh.
Within hours of her death, a mystery person contacted her insurance company to claim a life insurance policy she had taken out, according to The Sun.
Mr Coutts-Wood asked Mr Cadman-Jones: "Were you in any way involved with others in any intention to end your wife's life?"
According to the Daily Telegraph, he added:: "Did you have any involvement in the referral to Zurich about a claim on that policy on the ninth of January?".
When Mr Cadman-Jones denied any involvement, Mr Coutts-Wood question him over why he been "so desperate" for her body to be embalmed in 48 hours.
He replied that it was so Kristy's mother could say goodbye to her, but the move could have hampered toxicology tests by diluting drug levels found in the bloodstream.
At the inquest into her death at Leicester town hall this week, Mr Cadman-Jones said he and his wife had been offered a drug they believed was cocaine by two travellers they met in a bar.
The couple had embarked on a four-week honeymoon to Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia in January 2012, after marrying in July 2011.
The coroner criticised "inconsistent" statements Mr Cadman-Jones had given to authorities, but eventually recorded an open verdict.
According to the Daily Telegraph, he said: "It's clear to me that the lethal level of morphine is due to Mrs Cadman-Jones using a very pure heroin.
"It may be unsatisfactory to people and it leaves unanswered questions, but under the inquisitive system we have, we have to have a means of declaring that the exact circumstances remain unknown."
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