Widow speaks out over don's death
The wife of an Oxford University professor found dead at the home of a fellow academic has said she believes his death was a "tragic accident".
Devinder Sivia, 49, was arrested on suspicion of murder on Wednesday night at his home in Southmoor, Oxfordshire, after police discovered the body of Professor Steven Rawlings, 50, there.
After Oxford University don Dr Sivia was released on police bail, Prof Rawlings's wife, Linda Rawlings, rallied to support him.
In a statement issued through Thames Valley Police, Mrs Rawlings said: "I do not believe that Steve's death is murder and I do not believe Devinder should be tarnished in this way."
Her statement read: "Steve was a well-loved, caring, intelligent, sensitive man. Steve and Devinder were best friends since college and I believe this is a tragic accident.
"Steve is a man of integrity, kindness and a very accessible person. Steve was the love of my life and we have known each other all of these years and he has never changed, even though he has achieved so much and has all these qualities.
"I will miss him more than anything else in the world. I do not believe that Steve's death is murder and I do not believe Devinder should be tarnished in this way."
Police said that a post-mortem examination had proved inconclusive and further tests would be carried out.
Detective Superintendent Rob Mason, from Thames Valley Police's major crime unit, said Prof Rawlings's death "may be a matter for a coroner's inquest rather than a criminal court".
Dr Sivia was bailed until April 18 after being questioned at Abingdon police station.