Spy looked un­steady on feet as he drank in pub

Daily Mail - - News - By Claire Duf­fin and In­derdeep Bains

THE poi­soned Rus­sian spy was un­steady on his feet in a pub less than an hour be­fore he was found col­lapsed, a wit­ness has re­vealed.

Sergei Skri­pal went for a drink with his daugh­ter at 3pm at The Mill in Sal­is­bury after eat­ing at a Zizzi Ital­ian restau­rant.

In the pub, they or­dered two glasses of wine be­fore Mr Skri­pal went to use the toi­let. The wit­ness, who did not want to be named, said that when he re­turned he ap­peared as if he was drunk.

He said Mr Skri­pal and his daugh­ter Yu­lia then left im­me­di­ately with­out fin­ish­ing their drinks.

‘I didn’t re­ally no­tice them when they came in,’ he said. ‘They got their drinks from the bar and sat down. After a short time the man went to use the toi­let. They are up­stairs. I no­ticed him when he came back down as he wasn’t walk­ing prop­erly.

‘He looked like he was drunk. I thought the staff might have to ask him to leave.

‘He came back to the ta­ble and didn’t sit down, he and the woman just left straight away.

‘It was strange, but it makes you won­der now if the poi­son was start­ing to take ef­fect then.’ Mr Skri­pal and Yu­lia were found in a ‘cata­tonic’ state on a bench around the cor­ner from the pub just after 4pm, and rushed to hos­pi­tal.

They are un­der­stood to have ar­rived in the city cen­tre at around 1.30pm on Sun­day. They had lunch at Zizzi, shar­ing gar­lic bread fol­lowed by a seafood risotto each. They then went to the Mill, which was sealed off by po­lice on Mon­day.

The pub ap­pears to have been a favourite venue of the close-knit fam­ily, who were said to visit reg­u­larly. One pho­to­graph taken there shows Mr Skri­pal – wear­ing a checked shirt and a denim waist­coat – sit­ting on the mez­za­nine level of the two-storey pub en­joy­ing a beer.

An­other shows his son Alexan­der, who died last year aged 43, sit­ting out­side drink­ing a pint. The pic­tures are be­lieved to have been taken around two years ago.

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