Suicide bid man cracked skylight

A MAN who wanted to end his own life has landed in court for damaging a skylight on the roof he wanted to jump from.

Dean John Morris cracked the skylight on the roof of the building as police and firefighters tried to talk him down.

The incident happened on February 20 and the skylight belonged to Paul Elborn.

Forty-one-year-old Morris, of Bourne Street, admitted criminal damage and appeared before Eastbourne magistrates on Monday morning.

Helen Constantinou, prosecuting, told the court, “During the evening Mr Elbon heard footsteps near the skylight.

“The defendant had been on the roof with the intention of taking his own life and both the police and fire brigade were involved in getting him down.”

Welton, defending, said Morris accepted he had caused the damage to the skylight.

He said on the day in question Morris had an argument with his brother and had been prescribed new medication for a personality disorder which had a negative impact on his emotions.

Magistrates gave unemployed Morris a month- long 6pm to 6am curfew which is to be added on to an additional curfew imposed by the court. He was also ordered to pay £85 court costs and £75 in compensation to Mr Elbon which will be taken from his benefits.