Banteay Meanchey provincial police have determined that the death of a woman who was found embraced by her husband, who remains in police custody, was disease related and not murder.
Authorities initially thought her husband, Ouk Sey, 40, killed his 38-year-old wife, Khin Vanna, at their home in Poipet city’s Poipet commune on Wednesday.
The body of Ms Vanna was found covered in mosquito netting while being embraced by her intoxicated husband on Wednesday afternoon.
Thin Sideth, chief of Poipet city, said yesterday that an autopsy report showed that she died due to chronic drinking.
“It’s not a murder, she died because of a disease. We only found out after the autopsy was conducted by provincial and city police,” said Mr Sideth. “Medical examiners said the body did not bear marks or bruises that resulted from a beating or torture.”
Mr Sideth described Ms Vanna as bed-ridden and sick when she was alive. He said the autopsy report showed that she died two or three days prior to being discovered. Due to hot temperatures, the body started deteriorating.
“Neighbours say Mr Sey really loved his wife. Even though he was only a construction worker, he always bought rice and dessert home for her,” he said. “However, his wife was a drunkard and she became sick because of it. She couldn’t even stand straight.”
Mr Sideth added that town police are requesting the court prosecutor to secure the release of the husband immediately.
Sith Los, chief of the provincial police’s serious crime bureau, agreed that Mr Sey should be released because the autopsy showed that he did not murder his wife.
“According to the preliminary report by our experts, we ruled out murder and she died naturally due to being a drunkard,” he said. “When we arrested him, we couldn’t comprehend what he was saying because he was drunk and devastated.”