A FORMER soldier’s self-harm bid was thwarted by good Samaritans who pulled him to safety as he threatened to jump to his death from a Sunderland bridge.
But after rescuers had desperately struggled to hold on to Shaun Edward Young through the railings of Wearmouth Bridge, he repaid them by becoming abusive.
Sunderland magistrates heard how a large and horrified crowd gathered on the east side of the bridge as the drama unfolded on September 26.
Prosecutor Lee Poppett said: “Members of the public were holding on to the male, who was struggling, through the railings.”
But by the time emergency services arrived, the drunk 44-year-old had become abusive and was shouting and swearing at his rescuers and the police.
Young, of no fixed address, was arrested for being drunk and disorderly.
He did not attend the court hearing and was found guilty in his absence.
Kate Meake, defending, said: “Mr Young is a gentleman who has a significant alcohol problem.
“He was previously in the armed forces, but he left some time ago and has been struggling ever since.
“There have been several times where he has harmed himself, either by self-harming or as a result of his extreme alcohol consumption, and he has been extremely unwell in hospital.
“He is an alcoholic and has no mechanism of choice. He has been staying, from time to time, in Salvation Army accommodation.
“His life is hard to say the least.”
Young was given a £35 fine and told to pay £85 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.