Police in the Canadian province of Ontario say they are holding a man who is accused of swallowing a $20,000 diamond for as long as it takes for him to produce the evidence.
It has been nearly a week since Richard Mackenzie Matthews, 52, is alleged to have switched a diamond at a Jewellers and swallowed the real one.
Matthews has been held at police headquarters while they wait for the 1.7-carat stone to pass through his system. Sgt Brett Corey said yesterday that Matthews has gone to the toilet numerous times, but the diamond had, so far, failed to surface.
Sgt Corey says a recent X-ray showed a pair of fake diamonds, or cubic zirconiums, stuck in the man’s intestines but because a diamond is translucent, it isn’t visible. He says the suspect is eager to get the ordeal over with and is co-operating.
In the early stages, Sgt Corey says Matthews was being given laxative type foods, but is now being fed whatever he wants.