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The suspected lover of a British UFO conspiracy theorist has been quizzed by police on suspicion of manslaughter after he died suddenly on her sofa at her home in Poland.
Max Spiers, 39, visited the Eastern European country to speak at a conference before he died at science fiction writer Monika Duval’s home 24 hours later in July last year.
The dad-of-two, from Canterbury, Kent, vomited two litres of a black fluid before he died, and he was ruled to have died from natural causes by Polish officials despite no post-mortem examination being carried out on his body in that country.
Prosecutors in Poland opened an investigation into involuntary manslaughter and have now questioned Duval, who was present at the time of Mr Spiers’s death.
Prosecutor Lukasz Lapczynski told the BBC: “At this stage we have determined that the ambulance arrived at the request of Mr Spiers’s partner.
“Our initial investigation indicates that it was Mr Spiers’s partner [who called the ambulance], but the nature of this relationship is unclear.”
He added: “The doctor started resuscitation which was not successful. As a result of the doctor’s decision, the police weren’t involved in conducting additional procedures.”
Mr Lapczynski said information about the death reached the prosecutors’ office on August 30 last year.
But by then Mr Spiers’s body had been returned to the UK and a post-mortem examination couldn’t be carried out, he added.
He said: “The prosecutor told me he plans to interview everyone that was present when Max died. We know Monika was there, but it’s unclear who else was around.”
A post-mortem performed in the UK was unable to determine how Mr Spiers died.
He sought to expose government cover-ups and investigated UFO sightings – after, his mum says, he saw “the darker side” as a child.
When the conspiracy theorist’s body was transported to the UK, his laptop and phone weren’t among his belongings.
His mum Vanessa Bates said science fiction writer Monika sent the valuables a few weeks later, but there was no Sim card in the phone.
She added: “There was nothing on the computer at all. Somebody had clearly, definitely wiped everything off it.
“It makes no sense to wipe somebody’s computer, no sense to me.”
Ms Bates, who had previously stated she believed her son was “murdered by enemies”, added: “I spoke to Monika for probably a couple of weeks [since Mr Spiers’s death]. She was kind, she lived in a lovely house.
“She said to Max ‘Come stay here for a while, I’ve got a couple of good business things that we can get going’.
“I don’t know what happened, but I know there’s been a lot of people suggesting a lot of things and pointing a lot of fingers in her direction, and I’m sure that she wants to go very quiet.”
Mr Spiers’s inquest opened in December and continues later this year.