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Cambodia drugs death suspect was a 'good son'

Published 05/07/2016

Officers in Cambodia have named the man as Martin Stephen Hale, 34, from Co Down
Officers in Cambodia have named the man as Martin Stephen Hale, 34, from Co Down

The mother of a man who died in Cambodia from a suspected drug induced heart attack has described him as a "very good son".

Martin Stephen Hale, 34, from Lisburn, Co Down was found dead in a guesthouse in Phnom Penh.

His mother Teresa Temple said he died from a cardiac arrest after taking morphine tablets.

"Martin was a very good son, very kind hearted to everybody, he saw no wrong in anyone," she said.

The heartbroken mother said she had warned her son about his drug use in the past.

"I tried to advise him all the time about getting away from drugs but it was just one of those things - he seemed to think he was all right," she told the BBC.

Police in Cambodia said another man from Northern Ireland was taken to hospital after being found in the same room of the Happy House guesthouse after the incident last week.

Relatives of the man launched an online appeal to trace him after being unable to make contact with him after his discharge from hospital.

It is understood he was later located close to the British Embassy.

A spokeswoman from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office said: "We are providing support to the family of a British man following his death in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on Friday 1 July.

"Our sympathies are with them at this difficult time."

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