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Police tasered suicidal East Lancs drunk

Lancashire Telegraph: Police tasered suicidal East Lancs drunk Police tasered suicidal East Lancs drunk

A MAN spotted with a knife at a bus stop in the early hours was trying to take his own life and was bleeding, a court heard.

Suicidal and 'drunk' Daniel French, 26, who had taken three blades out with him, lifted a knife up in front of him and made a jabbing motion after a police officer tried to get him to drop it.

He was Tasered and when he was taken to the police station was upset, bleeding from his left wrist and was taken to hospital, Burnley Crown Court was told.

French told police when interviewed he had felt low, had started slicing at his wrist and had cut his arm more than five times.

The defendant has 11 offences on his record, including robbery and had ended up in court after a ‘similar sort of self-harm incident’ in 2012.

French, of Newport Street, Nelson, admitted three counts of possessing a bladed article and had been committed for sentence by magistrates.

He was given a community order with 18 months supervision by a judge who told him: “It's quite clear you do need help and I am going to try to see if you can be helped.”

Recorder Philip Curran added: “You became depressed when you had been drinking. I think it would be a good idea if you stopped drinking.”

Stephen Parker, prosecuting, said at 3.20am, on January 6, a police officer received a communication that a person was said to be self-harming with a knife at a bus stop on Walton Lane, Nelson.

He went there and shouted to the defendant to drop the knife. He didn't and a second request was made.

French turned round, faced the officer, was muttering something he couldn't understand and made some sort of jabbing motion.

Mr Parker said the defendant dropped the blade after being tasered and it was recovered.

A search of the bus stop area revealed two more knives hidden on the ground.

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4:38pm Wed 26 Mar 14

woolywords says...

Lots of sympathy for this guy, as I've been near homicidal while waiting for a bus myself. Sometimes, I'm so pleased to see it turn up, I've kissed the driver.
Hope he gets the help that I deserve.
Lots of sympathy for this guy, as I've been near homicidal while waiting for a bus myself. Sometimes, I'm so pleased to see it turn up, I've kissed the driver. Hope he gets the help that I deserve. woolywords
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6:12pm Wed 26 Mar 14

phil kernot says...

Knifes hidden on the ground how does that work ,,, some people need help ,, so why drag people before the courts with mental health issues fine them and there worse off than before ,,,, that's wrong ,, should be special mental health panel that has the powers to help these people ,,, not fine em and boot em out ,,, Saying that courts don't have empathy for these people do thay ..
Knifes hidden on the ground how does that work ,,, some people need help ,, so why drag people before the courts with mental health issues fine them and there worse off than before ,,,, that's wrong ,, should be special mental health panel that has the powers to help these people ,,, not fine em and boot em out ,,, Saying that courts don't have empathy for these people do thay .. phil kernot
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7:53pm Wed 26 Mar 14

Steven Seagull says...

Let's not have too much sympathy for this little oik. This is the same person who pointed a gun at the cashier during an armed robbery a few years back at a petrol station in colne, amongst other numerous crimes he's endulged in and heaped misery upon reams of decent people.

So I'm afraid what goes around comes around Mr French. I hope that every one of those 50,000 volts was agony.

Ride the lightening scumbag.
Let's not have too much sympathy for this little oik. This is the same person who pointed a gun at the cashier during an armed robbery a few years back at a petrol station in colne, amongst other numerous crimes he's endulged in and heaped misery upon reams of decent people. So I'm afraid what goes around comes around Mr French. I hope that every one of those 50,000 volts was agony. Ride the lightening scumbag. Steven Seagull
  • Score: 12

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