60ft fall man listens to case from corridor

Blackpool Magistrates Court.

Blackpool Magistrates Court.

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A man who fled from police and dived head-first out of the window of a block of flats landing on a garage roof 60 feet below has made a bizzare technical appearance at court.

Gary Skelly, who had to be air-lifted to hospital with lifethreatening injuries, had thrown himself out intentionally from the flats at Blackpool because he wanted to kill himself magistrates were told.

The police were called and he ran from them

Skelly, 38, of Lytham Road, South Shore, who was in a wheelchair escorted by two police officers, refused to enter the courtroom at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court saying he would fling himself out of his wheelchair if he was made to go in.

He was allowed to stay in the corridor with the court door held open so he could listen to the proceedings.

Skelly, who pleaded guilty to damaging a door, was fined £20 and ordered to pay £100 compensation, a £150 court charge plus £20 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.

Prosecutor, Jim Mowbray, said Skelly broke a glass panel in a door at flats at Talbot Court on Blackpool Promenade on June 29.

The prosecutor added: “The police were called and he fled from them. He jumped out of a window, misjudged the height and fell about 60 feet onto a flat roof.”

Trevor Colebourne, defending, said Skelly had gone to the home of the mother of a friend who had died. He had been banging on the door trying to get the mum’s attention and the pane of glass broke.

Mr Colebourne added: “The police were called and he ran from them. He then says he thought “I have had enough. He is being treated for cancer. “

He thought he had no alternative but to end his life. He knew it was a drop of about 60 feet and he went out head first. He was later air-lifted to hospital in Preston with life-threatening injuries.