British man found dead on stag do could be 'foul play'

Man was found with trousers around his ankles in Hungary

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British man found dead on stag do could be 'foul play'

A coroner has said he cannot rule out foul play in the death of a British man on a stag do in Hungary.

Paul Bush, 36, was found dead in a brothel stairwell with his neck snapped and his trousers around his ankles.

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His death remains a mystery as it is alleged that Budapest police failed to investigate properly.

Satellite TV installer Paul, from Dorset, had been on a bar crawl for a friend's stag do when he died in August 2014.

According to The Sun, he was last seen entering the brothel with a woman at 1.49am. However, she left minutes later with a man and another woman, and Paul's body was found the next day at the bottom of a spiral staircase with his phone and wallet gone.

A post mortem revealed Mr Bush had suffered internal bleeding, broken vertebrae in his neck and back, and multiple rib and skull fractures.

An inquest this week heard how British police had become frustrated with the level of cooperation from Hungarian police.

Detective Constable Peter Gray, of Dorset Police, said he could not find out whether the people seen leaving the building had been identified and interviewed, or whether forensic samples taken from the scene had been looked at.

The Hungarian police ruled the death an accident and closed the investigation.

But Sheriff Payne, the Dorset coroner, said he was not satisfied Bush's death had been an accident and could not rule out foul play.

According to the Metro, he said: "The implication of the Hungarian authorities is that he has fallen off the stairs on to the roof, which account for the injuries which would not normally be caused by a straight fall to the ground.

"I think it is significant that no marks were found to his face, which would suggest he was not subjected to any direct assault, but I cannot exclude the possibility that someone was involved."

The Telegraph reports that he added: ""The police are unwilling to provide any further and fuller information into the circumstances and I am unhappy to record a verdict of accidental death.

"I have no proof he was assaulted or anybody deliberately intended to cause him harm so the only verdict I can record is an open verdict."


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