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Tuesday 25 October 2016

French barman convicted over 56 shots that killed customer

Published 28/05/2015 | 09:20

The bar had a notice board keeping track of the shot record
The bar had a notice board keeping track of the shot record

A French barman has been convicted of manslaughter after he allowed a customer to drink 56 shots during a drinking contest.

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Barman Gilles Crepin (47) admitted that he had encourage 56-year-old Renaud Prudhomme to try break the bar’s shots record while he was on a night out with his friends.

Following the record attempt, Mr Prudhomme took ill and had to be helped home. He was rushed to a hospital a few hours later where he died.

Mr Crepin was given a four-month suspended sentence and banned from working in a bar for a year.

He is expected to appeal the decision however.

His lawyer, Renaud Portejoie, said: "It's a decision guided by emotion and the unconscious desire to set an example.”

He told the court that Mr Prudhomme already had an existing respiratory problem, and had a “history of abusing alcohol.”

"We can't ask every customer who buys alcohol to present their medical certificates," he added.

Antoine Portal, a lawyer from Mr Prudhomme's daughter, said his family was "relieved" by the decision to ban Mr Crepin from working as a bartender.

"We want to remind some professionals that it is illegal to serve alcohol to clients who are in an advanced state of inebriation," she said.

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