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By Simon Parry
Honeymoon bride Kristy Cadman-Jones died as a result of an accidental drugs overdose, Cambodian police insisted yesterday.
Speaking yesterday to The Mail on Sunday, a senior Cambodian police officer described seeing at least three syringes along with a half-drunk bottle of whiskey beside the bed where the recruitment agency branch manager lay dead.
At an inquest in Leicester last week a coroner pointed out alleged inconsistencies in statements made by Mrs Cadman-Jones’s husband Damian after his 27-year-old wife was found dead in a hotel room in Phnom Penh on January 9.
Kristy Cadman-Jones died while on a romantic month-long honeymoon in Asia with her new husband Damian
But the officer said solicitor Mr Cadman-Jones, 31, was ‘completely distraught’ and told police he went to sleep with his wife in his arms and woke to find her cold and dead at dawn.
Hotel waiter Peany Ritay, 24, also said the couple ‘looked very much in love’ in the days before her death.
The officer confirmed that Mr Cadman-Jones was not tested for drugs or asked about the used syringes but said the case was now closed.
A coroner recorded an open verdict into the death of the recruitment consultant, who died in her sleep
Mr Cadman-Jones first realised there was something wrong with his wife when he woke a few hours later to find her unresponsive
Mr Cadman-Jones tried waking his wife by shaking and shouting her, throwing water in her face, before beginning CPR and calling for an ambulance
Kristy Cadman-Jones on her wedding day with friends. She was married six months before taking her honeymoon
Kristy, second from left, and Damien Cadman-Jones, far right. The couple married at Leicester Town Hall
Although he did not mention drugs to police in Cambodia, Mr Cadman-Jones told the inquest he believed his wife might have taken pure heroin thinking it to be cocaine supplied by two travellers.
The coroner recorded an open verdict.
Pictured on her wedding day: Mr Cadman-Jones said he did not see his wife taking drugs that night, but admitted she took them 'once in a blue moon'
27-year-old Kristy Cadman-Jones had been on a four week tour of South-East Asia with her husband
Kristy died in her sleep at a luxury hotel in the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh, pictured