British man on stag do 'found dead at Hungarian sex den with trousers round his ankles'

Hungarian sex den

A British man was found dead at the bottom of a stairwell at an Hungarian sex den with his trousers around his ankles, an inquest has heard.

Paul Bush, 36, was last seen on CCTV entering a building in Budapest with a prostitute at 1.49am at the end of a drunken night out.

Minutes later the woman was caught on camera leaving the 'place of consortium' along with a second woman and then another man.

The body of Mr Bush, a satellite TV aerial installer, was found six hours later at the bottom of the stairs with his shoes and socks off and his trousers down.

He had apparently been robbed of his wallet and mobile phone.

A post mortem examination revealed Mr Bush had suffered internal bleeding, broken vertebrae in his neck and back and multiple rib and skull fractures having fallen from a certain height.

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A Hungarian Police report said foul play could not be ruled out (Photo: Getty)

A British police officer who investigated the death and a Home Office pathologist said that foul play could not be ruled out.

But the British authorities had been frustrated with the level of cooperation from the Hungarian police who have been unable to confirm if the three people on the CCTV had been tracked down.

The inquest heard Mr Bush, who lived in Weymouth, Dorset, with his fiancee Tracey Hodder and her two children, had organised the stag do for groom Steve Palmer in 2014.

The group of 12 friends arrived in Budapest at 11.45am on August 29 and set out at 8.45pm on a pub crawl of six bars with a local guide.

Mr Bush was last seen by his friends on a dance floor at about 1am. Over the course of the night the group became separated and returned to the hotel at different times.

The confusion meant no one noticed Mr Bush was missing until 10.50am the following morning when the group met for breakfast and did a head count.

The group went to the police station to report him missing before being told he had been found dead.

Friend Henry Hardwicke said: "The policeman said they saw Paul on CCTV with a girl in a white dress, he went into a building with her and she was a wh**e. She came out, he didn't.

"We were all completely shocked and devastated."

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The group were on a stag do in Budapest (Photo: Flickr)

Detective Constable Peter Gray, of Dorset police, investigated the case. He told the coroner a report from Hungarian police said "foul play cannot be ruled out" but that they had closed the investigation ruling it was an accident.

He said Dorset police did not know if all the people seen entering and leaving the building on the CCTV had been identified and interviewed or if forensic samples the police had taken from the scene, including cigarette ends and condoms, had been looked at.

DC Gray said: "There are unanswered questions about the police investigation - have any persons from the CCTV been identified, located and interviewed, have any forensic samples been submitted to identify further lines of enquiry?"

Both Ms Hodder and Mr Bush's mother Cherry Bush raised concerns about the handling of the investigation into his death.

Mr Sheriff Payne, the Dorset coroner, said he was not satisfied Mr Bush's death had been an accident and could not rule out foul play.

He said: "We now know from CCTV he was seen approaching a building with a woman dressed in white. She previously entered with another man sometime earlier, the implication is that she's a prostitute .

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"The police found debris on the ground which includes condoms. It would appear to be a place of consortium where people do gather.

"Paul appears to have been found close to this wooden concierge structure below this curving staircase.

"The implication of the Hungarian authorities is that he has fallen off the stairs on to the roof, which account for the injuries which would not normally be caused by a straight fall to the ground.

"It was very dark in the stairwell, it may be that the subsequent visitors did not realise he was there.

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"I think it is significant that no marks were found to his face, which would suggest he was not subjected to any direct assault, but I cannot exclude the possibility that someone was involved.

"He was found with his trousers around his ankles, his shoes and socks separate from his body - quite why that happened we don't know.

"I am not satisfied that it's an accident because of the lack of information. The police say the woman was spoken to but she has not been able to provide any useful information.

"The police are unwilling to provide any further and fuller information into the circumstances and I am unhappy to record a verdict of accidental death.

"I have no proof he was assaulted or anybody deliberately intended to cause him harm so the only verdict I can record is an open verdict."

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