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French couple sued for not helping drunk student who drowned

Published on Jan 5, 2014 1:06 AM

BORDEAUX, Jan 04, 2014 (AFP) - A couple who in 2012 passed by a drunk 19-year-old student who was later found drowned is now being sued in France by his mother - an ex-policewoman - for failing to provide assistance.

Ms Sylvie Zecca told AFP she wanted to make an "example" of the young couple for allegedly breaching a French law which requires persons to provide assistance to someone in danger.

Her son, Mr Vincent Zecca, went missing after a boozy night in Bordeaux in March 2012. His body was pulled from the Garonne river that flows through the city three weeks later.

His family argued he had been murdered, stressing that one of his credit cards was stolen that night. But police determined he drowned accidentally after drunkenly slipping into the river.

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