PARIS: A French bartender has been convicted of manslaughter for allowing a customer to take 56 shots that led to his death. 47-year-old Gilles Crepin has been slapped with four-month suspended jail sentence and banned from working in a bar for a year.
The incident occurred when 56-year-old Renaud Prudhomme, accompanied by his daughter and friends was at the bar and participated in a drinking contest in October 2014 at a bar in the town of Clermont-Ferrand in central France. He attempted to set a record of having maximum shots that later turned lethal for him.
Prudhomme was helped home and was later taken to hospital where he succumbed to the illness the next day.
While Crepin admitted of encouraging Prudhomme by displaying shots record at the notice-board, his lawyer said that he would appeal against the announced verdict.
Prudhomme, before the incident, had respiratory and alcohol related issues which were unknown to the bartender. His lawyer reiterated that a ‘bartender cannot ask every customer to present their medical certificate’ before rendering a drink.