Friday, August 7, 2015

Burglars Use Sleeping Gas on Jenson Button

The Sun [UK]
6 August 2015

EXCLUSIVE: Robbers release sleeping gas into luxury villa

JENSON Button and his wife Jessica lay unconscious and defenceless in bed as burglars ransacked their room and took her £250,000 engagement ring.

The couple were gassed in their sleep by raiders at a holiday villa they were renting in the south of France.

Police believe two experienced criminals pumped an anaesthetic gas into the property through its air conditioning vents.

Then, confident that Formula One star Jenson and the other occupants were out cold, they broke into the mansion in Saint-Tropez. […]

Daily Telegraph
7 August 2015

The Royal College of Anaesthetists has debunked claims the F1 star was knocked out by sleeping gas before burglary

By James Rothwell

[…] But a spokeswoman for the Royal College of Anaesthetists has poured cold water on the claims, saying such a scheme would be nearly impossible.

"Our view is that it is very unlikely because it would be so impractical," she told The Telegraph.

"You would need to use a truckload of gas, and that amount would be phenomenally expensive to obtain.

"One has to ask why anyone would spend so much money on what is such an impractical method."

The gases are so pungent that the victim would be able to smell it even if they were asleep, she added. […]