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EUR: German barman in dock after deadly drinking bet

11 Feb 2009 9:25 PM

A German barman has faced manslaughter charges in court after tricking a teenager into downing at least 45 shots of tequila during a drinking bet that resulted in the 16-year-old's death.

While the boy was knocking back tequila .. the 28-year-old barman .. drank mainly water during the bet .. which lasted between 30 and 60 minutes.

The boy's blood alcohol content rose to 0.44 per cent .. well over the level normally resulting in death.

He slipped into a coma and died four weeks later from alcohol poisoning.

Four other youngsters .. aged between 17 and 21 .. who also participated in the bet .. will be tried separately in a youth court.