Vodka excess: man died, drinking companion arrested

Three men met in the morning in Vienna-Favoriten and drank four to five bottles of vodka. A 36-year-old died, the police are investigating for failure to provide assistance.

A 36-year-old died in Vienna-Favoriten on Friday evening after consuming extremely alcohol. The Pole met a 63-year-old friend in the apartment of a 60-year-old and drank plenty of vodka there. In the evening he fell out of his armchair, and the 60-year-old later called the emergency services. The 63-year-old was provisionally arrested for failure to provide assistance. He had 2.44 per mille, the 60-year-old even five per mille.

The findings so far are based on the statements of the heavily drunk 60-year-old, the arrested acquaintance has not yet spoken to the police. According to the older man, the three Poles met in his apartment on Weldengasse in the morning. “You drank four to five bottles of vodka during the day,” said police spokesman Marco Jammer. Finally, the 36-year-old fell out of the chair and lay on the floor. At first, his two acquaintances assumed he was going to sleep, when he stopped moving at all, the 60-year-old called the emergency number around 7 p.m. He stated that his friend is dead.

When the emergency services came into the apartment, they already noticed clear signs of death. The man must have been dead for several hours. The 36-year-old had no obvious external injuries. The investigators suggested a judicial autopsy.

The 63-year-old was provisionally arrested on suspicion of failure to provide assistance. He did not provide any information and is not registered in Vienna. The 60-year-old tenant was reported. The stated facts, that the 36-year-old died after the excessive consumption of alcohol, gives the investigators “a conclusive picture”, explained Jammer. The two men should be questioned on Saturday – as soon as their alcohol level allows.

The penal code provides for the offense of failure to provide assistance a prison sentence of up to six months or a fine of up to 360 daily rates. However, if the failure to do so results in the death of a person, there is a risk of imprisonment of up to one year or a fine of up to 720 daily rates, provided the assistance is reasonable for the perpetrator.


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