A 49-year-old British architect fell to his death in the dry moat at the historic Les Invalides in Paris after stopping to take a leak off its edge.
Simon Bartlett was on a business trip to Paris, and according to his colleagues, he was keen to see some of the sites despite his hectic schedule. After finishing a boozy dinner with colleagues, he took an unsteady stroll through Paris that was captured on French Police CCTV.
According to Portsmouth, U.K. Detective Constable Christopher Dinenage, the father of three ”was found lying face down at the bottom of the dry moat surrounding the building with his trousers undone.”
A post mortem of Bartlett showed that he was three times the drunk driving limit at the time of the accident.
“He had decided to have a look at Les Invalides,” said Coroner David Horsley. “It’s quite a sight; you can imagine it all illuminated at night. He’s had a bit to drink. He’s a long way from public conveniences. He’s stopped to relieve himself and being relaxed from a bit to drink, he’s toppled over, sadly.”