Soldier’s Sunderland bridge-jump threat

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A SOLDIER who threatened to jump from Wearmouth Bridge became aggressive towards a good Samaritan who intervened, a court heard.

Police were called to the public walkway on the east side of the bridge at about 1am on Tuesday, August 27, after Steven Marshall threatened to end his life, Sunderland Magistrates’ Court was told.

A member of the public tried to stop the 24-year-old from jumping, but Marshall squared up to him, swinging punches with both arms.

Police officers tried to arrest Marshall, but he struggled and was taken to the ground. “He was on the bridge, thinking of taking his life, only to be interfered with,” his solicitor Brian Chapman said.

“He is dealing with issues as a result of his last tour of duty in Afghanistan.

“I can only imagine what has caused this situation.

“It is something that he doesn’t necessarily want to relive.”

Marshall, of Haydon Road in Ashington, Northumberland, admitted being drunk and disorderly in a public place.

Magistrates gave him a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered him to pay £100 costs.