Safe sex doesn’t save Thai man from cobra

June 8th, 2008 - 6:49 pm ICT by IANS  

Bangkok, June 8 (DPA) In a case that has baffled Thai police, a 40-year-old man was found dead Sunday with a badly bitten cobra carcass in his hands and a condom on his member, news reports said. Wiroj Banlen, 40, was found dead on the side of a dirt road near Lamsai village of Ayutthaya province at 7 a.m. Sunday.

A preliminary police autopsy revealed Wiroj had sustained several snake bites on his right leg and his cheeks, said The Nation online news service.

The dead cobra found clenched in Wiroj’s hands had also been bitten several times, and snake remnants were found in the dead man’s teeth, suggesting a case of man-bites-snake in revenge.

More puzzling for police investigating the case was the condom found on Wiroj’s member, which contained no semen. Police speculated that the deceased was removing his trousers when the cobra struck.

Wiroj’s body was sent to hospital for a full autopsy.

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