Man with Port Wilson drowning victim found not guilty

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – A man who spent the evening with a woman who drowned just one metre from the shore in front of the Hotel President Wilson in Geneva in July 2010 has been cleared by a judge of any involvement in the woman’s death, reports the Tribune de Geneve Wednesday 3 August.

The two had met 18 hours earlier, been lovers for the day, and the man was unable to convince the woman not to go in the lake after she had consumed large amounts of alcohol. The woman had recently left a clinic where she was treated for drug and alcohol dependency and the judge accepted the defendant’s argument that he could not have known the extent of the risk she was taking. He was unable to save her himself and phoned French emergency services; he lives in France.

A rescue team arrived but too late: the woman drowned in less than two metres of water.