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Businessmen died after fall into Paris moat

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: March 21, 2014

A Somerset-born businessman died after he fell into a 10ft deep dry moat in Paris, an inquest has heard.

Simon Bartlett, who worked for a firm of architectural engineers, had finished a dinner with colleagues in the French capital when he visited Les Invalides, an historic complex of army museums in the early hours of June 28 last year.

Detective Constable Christopher Dinenage told the Portsmouth inquest that French police had concluded the 49-year-old father-of-three had fallen while stopping to urinate into the moat.

A post mortem examination showed that Mr Bartlett was three-and-a-half times over the alcohol drink-drive limit and died as a result of severe head injuries. Coroner David Horsley, who said it was a "terrible tragedy", recorded a verdict that Mr Bartlett – who lived in Flemington, New Jersey, USA, but who was born in Yeovil – had died as a result of an accident.

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