Suicidal man’s ‘lock me up’ plea to court

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A SUICIDAL man is behind bars today after begging magistrates to lock him up.

Sulisk Thorn was arrested on July 20 after police found him with an eight-inch kitchen knife that he said he was going to use to slit his wrists.

It was the second time in the same day that police had spoken to the 42-year-old after finding him lying in the sea at Littlehaven Beach in South Shields in the early hours of the morning.

After that, police took him to the Bede Wing, a mental health unit within the grounds of South Tyneside District Hospital, but he was released after an assessment.

Then at 2.50pm the same day, he spoke to a police officer in Coronation Street, South Shields, and told him he wanted to kill himself.

Thorne, of no fixed abode, was arrested on suspicion of possessing a bladed article.

He appeared in court the next day when he admitted the charge.

Magistrates adjourned the case until yesterday for the probation service to prepare a report.

Claire Ward, prosecuting, said: “He walked up to the officer in Coronation Street and said the police had taken him to the Bede Wing earlier that day, but they hadn’t helped him and sent him away.

“He said he was feeling depressed and he had a knife and was going to slit his wrists with it.

“He said the thoughts were about not having work and having money problems.”

Paul Kennedy, defending, said: “He wants me to ask you to send him to prison.

“If he is released today, he will have no money and no accommodation. He will not be a priority for the housing team and there is no way he will get a crisis loan.

“He has been frank with me about it and said for financial reasons he will be better off in jail.

“If he comes out, he will end up having the kind of thoughts that got him in this position.”

Magistrates sentenced him to a 38-day prison term.

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