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Questions linger after apparent fatal binge

An Oddar Meanchey province couple died on Monday evening after a three-day boozing binge, police said yesterday.

Korn Khorn, 53, a moto driver, and his common law wife, Eang Rith, 54, died after drinking rice wine they had bought from a local store over a period of 36 hours, according to Anlong Veng commune police chief Vong Sun.

“At first, both villagers and authorities suspected the deaths might be caused by poison in the rice wine,” Sun said. “But later on, after examination of the bodies and wine inside a bottle near the corpses, no poisonous substance was found.”

He added that, according to neighbours and the state of their cooking pots, the couple had consumed nothing but wine and pickled mango for days, leading authorities to conclude they died from “an overdose of wine leading to loss of consciousness”.

However, Anlong Veng district acting police chief So Nov yesterday called for further enquiries to be made.

“We need to investigate this case, because if they died of loss of consciousness, why did they die at the same time and in the same situation?” he asked.

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