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Man Fails In Suicide Attempt

Tuesday July 2 2013

Barnsley Magistrates' Court Barnsley Magistrates' Court

A MAN saddled with gambling debts failed in his suicide attempt but caused £30,000 of damage to a house, Barnsley Magistrates' Court was told.

Andrew Hart, 42, decided to hang himself and took a rope into a bedroom of a half-built home at Bank Street, Worsbrough Common.

He drank seven cans of Stella, took some pills and had a small amount of cocaine to give himself courage, said Gerard Casey, defending.

But Hart was in such a state that he could not put his head in the noose.

Hart, a window fitter, decided to collect bits of a plastic pipe, set them on fire and inhale the fumes, the court heard.

"The house set ablaze as well," said Mr Casey. "It seems the heat was too intense for someone who was willing to die - Mr Hart jumped out the window of the house and broke his ankle.

"Mr Hart had debt caused by gambling problems. He is attending Gamblers' Anonymous and is getting medical help.

"He is well known to Glenn Freeman, a builder who owned the house, and had done work for him in the past."

Mr Casey added that it will be unlikely that Hart will be jailed as he did not commit a 'blatant and crude' offence.

Jessica Southcote-Want, prosecuting, said a witness spoke to Hart before his suicide attempt. The witness said Hart looked 'weary and sad'.

Hart turned up later on the witness's doorstep with his hands covered in blood and collapsed.

Miss Southcote-Want added: "Mr Hart had got into debt and tried to commit suicide."

Hart, of Hall Farm Drive, Thurnscoe, admitted arson. He will be sentenced at Sheffield Crown Court on July 18 and was granted unconditional bail.

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Reply Posted by king hell the third on Wednesday July 3 2013 at 21:49
Pity he didnt put more effort into stopping gambling then he wouldnt have ruined someones home

Reply Posted by ..... on Thursday July 4 2013 at 08:53
love it how the first comments avin a go at this person. at this moment in life the worlds a horrible and crule place and ppl get into the most horrible situations like the man above and get judged wen really ppl should be helping each other instead ov tryin to find reason just to gossip about ppl.

Reply Posted by Michael Short on Thursday July 4 2013 at 08:56
I'll never stop being amazed at the deeply uncaring callousness of you right wing sociopaths.

A life is incomparable to property, property can be rebuilt but there's no replacing a life.

You have no idea of his personal situation, what led him down the road of addiction and why he couldn't give it up yet you feel the need to simplify a situation you know nothing about to "should have tried harder."

Reply Posted by ..... on Thursday July 4 2013 at 09:14
well sed Michael. couldn't av sed it better....

Reply Posted by nadia on Saturday July 6 2013 at 21:39
Why on earth is this man in court in the first place? He was severely mentally ill and needed help and compassion, not to be dragged before a judge for actions that were clearly carried out in desperation.

Reply Posted by Kyle on Saturday July 6 2013 at 23:00
I'm sure publicising his name will make him feel a lot better.

Reply Posted by Jane burke on Sunday July 7 2013 at 01:03
Hopefully he will get the help he needs to start again, cruel world we are living in x

Reply Posted by Swifty on Sunday July 7 2013 at 23:09
This man was at is ends. Gambling is an addiction and clearly this man has some form of mental illness. I hope her receives the support he needs and make a recovery of his life. mental illness can effect anyone of us or a member of our family at any one time.
ask The people that's managed to help and save there loved one. Then ask the ones that have lost someone that they did not know had a problem in there life and suddenly with out warning left this world.

Reply Posted by Brian on Sunday July 14 2013 at 23:15
What a dickhead, obviously didn't try hard enough did he?

Reply Posted by Paul on Monday July 15 2013 at 16:32
Why hasn’t this post by Brian, been removed from these comments, don’t they breach/violate this sites decency - posting rules. ?

Reply Posted by Brian on Friday August 2 2013 at 12:02
practice makes perfect.

ipso Regulated