A SOLDIER bled to death after a New Year's Eve party when he drunkenly punched through reinforced glass doors at Defence Munitions Kineton army base, an inquest heard today.
Corporal Philip Westberg, aged 27, and originally from Durham, died in the early hours of 2013 after celebrating the New Year in Banbury with his girlfriend, Becky Given.
After spending £50 on two pint glasses full of spirits, as well as shots of tequila, he was driven home to the barracks by his girlfriend’s aunt.
But instead of going to his own barracks, the ammunitions technician tried to break into an empty building at the base he joined in March 2007.
When he punched through glass reinforced with metal wire, Corporal Westberg suffered deep cuts to the artery in his right forearm, before stumbling a few paces and collapsing. He was found dead the next morning.
The coroner recorded a verdict of accidental death.
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