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BRIT MAN'S DEATH FALL.

A BRITISH man, thought to have been murdered on his way home from holiday, may have died after falling over drunk, French police said yesterday.

John Napoletani, 50, was found lying in a pool of blood with a serious head injury in a car park close to where he had been staying overnight.

He and his wife Evelyn had been returning from Italy with a male friend when they stopped at the Formule 1 hotel in Dole, eastern France.

Police said they had been seen drinking with other guests from around 9pm on Saturday evening before they went back to their shared room at around midnight. But Mr Napoletani then went out again alone "to get some air". His body was found the next morning.

A police spokesman said: "Our initial theory is he was murdered, but they had all been drinking heavily, with the third man in a state of intoxication when we spoke to him on Sunday. He was taken to hospital."

Evelyn, of Colchester, Essex, visited the scene yesterday accompanied by family members but was too distressed to comment on the tragedy.

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Oct 29, 2014
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