By Oisin Sweeney • 05 January 2021 • 9:46
A MAN was tragically shot dead at a Peaky Blinders themed fancy dress party on New Year’s Eve in what police are describing as a fatal accident.
Thomas Bernabe, a 27-year old communications manager, was enjoying a New Year’s Eve party in the Dordogne region of France where the hit BBC period crime drama “Peaky Blinders” was the fancy dress theme.
While having a cigarette in the garage of the house with other revelers, another 27-year old reportedly shot him in the chest with a rifle he’d brought as a prop. Emergency services rushed to the scene at around 9:30 PM, where Bernabe was pronounced dead.
The man who fired the loaded rifle was reportedly unaware the weapon was loaded and has been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter. If convicted he could face five years in prison for his tragic and fatal mistake.
“About 20 people born between 1991 and 1993, all former high school friends, gathered Thursday in an isolated house for a fancy dress party inspired by this British television series, which features gangsters in three-piece costumes and caps,” prosecutor Odile de Fritsch told local media.
Peaky Blinders, featuring Irish star Cillian Murphy, is a hugely popular BBC crime drama set in early 20th century Birmingham that has enjoyed massive success in the UK and overseas.
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Oisin is an Irish writer based in Seville, the sunny capital of Andalucia. After starting his working life as a bookseller, he moved into journalism and cut his teeth as a reporter at one of Ireland's biggest news websites. Since joining Euro Weekly News in November, he has enjoyed covering the latest stories from Seville, Spain and further afield - with special interests in crime, cybersecurity, and European politics. Anyone who can pronounce his name first try gets a free cerveza...
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