James Thomas George McKnight had to be talked down by specially trained negotiators following the incident on top of Darlington’s TK Maxx store, in Crown Street, on January 22.
“..it took some real effort of trained officers not to get him to go forward with his plan.”
Ms Passfield said it was not the first time McKnight had tried to commit suicide but had received an “enormous amount of support” from agencies following the incident.So now the next time this waste of oxygen wants some attention, he'll get a chance to do it all over again:
Police cordoned off the street, diverting buses and shutting businesses, while ambulance and fire crews were put on stand-by as McKnight was seen dangling his legs over the edge of the building.Still, I'm sure his fine will go a long way to defraying the cost?
District Judge, Helen Cousins, gave McKnight, of Coleridge Gardens, Darlington, a conditional discharge for 12 months and ordered him to pay a total of £105.
She said: “I appreciate you were in a position of severe distress but this caused an awful lot of disruption.”*sighs*