News: Barmen cleared of manslaughter charges
Two Irish barmen have been acquitted of manslaughter following the death of a customer from acute alcohol intoxication.
Duty of care
The Judge, Judge Thomas Teehan, ruled that although there was a duty of care owed by the barmen, and that that duty had been breached, there should be a high importance placed on individual responsibility.
The customer’s decision to consume the drink (a cocktail of eight shots in a single glass) constituted a supervening event to break the chain of causation and so whilst the two barmen were guilty of gross negligence this negligence was not the cause of death.
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