Suspicious packages found in body of man who died after biting passenger on Aer Lingus flight

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A post mortem examination on the body of a 24-year-old Brazilian man who died on an Aer Lingus flight after biting a fellow passenger suggested that he may have been a drug mule.

The man has been identified as John Kennedy Santos Gurjao. He died on board the Aer Lingus flight 485, bound to Dublin from Lisbon on Sunday afternoon.

A number of packages were found inside his body during the post mortem examination. At least one of them was ruptured, according to RTE News.

The Irish Times reports that the postmortem by Assistant State Pathologist Margot Bolster confirmed that Gurjao had ingested 0.8 kg of cocaine and had 80 wrapped pellets in his system, one of which had burst. The total amount of drugs in his system would have had a street value of €56,000 (£41,000).

The packages have been sent for forensic as well as toxicology testing. Authorities will conclude Gurjao’s cause of death after the test results are available, Irish Independent reported.

A 44-year-old Portuguese woman, believed to be Gurgao’s travelling companion, has been arrested and remains in Irish police custody.

RUNDOWN SHOWS:
1. Depiction of the man dies on an Aer Lingus flight
2. The man is agitated
3. The man bites a passenger while being restrained
4. The man collapses
5. A number of packages found inside the man’s body
6. One of the packages was ruptured
7. Packages under forensic and toxicology testings

VOICEOVER (in English):

“The Brazilian man who died on board the Aer Lingus Flight 485, bound to Dublin from Lisbon, has been identified as 24-year-old John Santos Gurjao.”

“Gurjao became agitated about an hour into the two-hour journey and had to be restrained.”

“He bit a passenger who was helping the crew restrain him.”

“After Gurjao was subdued, he then became unwell and collapsed.”

“The post mortem examination revealed that a number of packages were found inside his body. At least one of them was ruptured.”

“The packages have been sent for forensic and toxicology testing.”

SOURCES: Irish Independent, RTE
http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/number-of-packages-recovered-from-body-of-man-who-died-on-aer-lingus-flight-34123061.html
http://www.rte.ie/news/2015/1019/735776-aer-lingus-death/
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/aer-lingus-passenger-john-kennedy-santos-gurjao-who-died-after-biting-fellow-traveller-had-41000-a6700806.html
http://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/man-died-on-plane-after-drugs-burst-in-stomach-1.2398015