Peter Anderson, 38, tried to commit suicide by jumping in front of a train at Leigh train station on May 15, but was stopped by police.
The Crown Prosecution Service then decided to prosecute Anderson, of no fixed abode, for trespass, a charge he admitted at Southend Magistrates’ Court.Hurrah! But the usual suspects weren't happy...
However, concerns have been raised over whether Anderson, who was given a three month conditional discharge for the crime, should have been prosecuted in the first place.Better to ask why he only got a conditional discharge, surely?
His friend Danny Salmon, 31, from Shoebury, said: “This was a cry for help.
“But all that has happened up until now is he has been given drugs by doctors and pulled up in court rather than talked to or sent to something like rehab.
“It seems like a waste of taxpayer money especially as the clear answer is to give him help.”Well, I agree with you on the waste of taxpayer money aspect, but...just how much hand-holding does he expect?
Is there nothing he could perhaps do for himself?
In court, Anderson’s solicitor Ann Blyth-Cook, explained why her client had tried to take his own life.
She said: “My client has fallen on hard times.
“He has been out of work for some time now since losing his driving licence and because he cannot read or write he has struggled to find a new job.
“This incident was a cry for help and he needs support to get back on the mend.”Learning to read and write might be a start...
Before sentencing him, chairman of the bench, Roger Harbidge, said: “I wish I had a box of tricks and could pull something out for you...Me too. A .38 revolver ought to do it.