A MAN threw a coffee table at a paramedic who came to help him after he had attempted to hang himself.

Blackburn magistrates heard Shane McDonagh had been cut down by members of his family after he became "emotionally overwhelmed" after his pregnant wife left him.

McDonagh, 20, of Queen Victoria Street, Blackburn, pleaded guilty to assaulting Harun Gulad and breaching conditions of bail by interfering with a electronic curfew tag.

He was made subject to a community order with 15 days rehabilitation activity requirement and a curfew between 7pm and 7am for four weeks.

He was ordered to pay £100 compensation to the paramedic.

Alex Mann, prosecuting, said paramedics answered a code one call to the defendant's home where he had been found hanging following a suicide attempt.

She said McDonagh had been cut down and had then run off.

With the help of a friend the paramedics found him and took him home where he was being examined.

"He became agitated, calling his mother names, and then threatened to kill the paramedics unless they got out," said Mrs Mann.

"He lifted up the coffee table and launched it towards one of the paramedics, hitting him on the hand."

Richard Prew, defending, said the incident stemmed from his client's relationship with his young wife.

"She left him and that was why he tried to take his own life," said Mr Prew.

"He didn't want to be taken away by the ambulance crew and accepts he reacted badly."

Mr Prew said the electronic tag had come off when the defendant was fighting with his brother.

"He immediately phoned the monitoring company, told then what had happened and arranged for them to come and refit it," said Mr Prew.