Builder tried but failed in suicide bid

A MOTORIST caused £2,500 damage to a golf course during a bungled bid to commit suicide, a court heard.

Dunham-on-Trent builder Paul Hamlett drank to give himself “Dutch courage” to end his life and crashed onto the course at Buxton, Derbyshire.

He then fell asleep at the wheel and was found by police on patrol in the Waterswallows Road area.

Robert Carr, prosecuting, told Chesterfield magistrates that the vehicle was partly hanging over a wall with items including CDs strewn around nearby.

A large pool of oil had formed on the course, having leaked from the engine. Beer cans were found inside the car and one was on the roof.

Hamlett, 47, was asleep in the driver’s seat. He was unable to stand by himself and he was arrested and taken to Buxton police station, where he made no attempt to give a breath sample.

Mr Carr said an area of ground 15ft square and 1ft deep had to be replaced at a cost of £2,500. Hamlett had already paid some compensation to Buxton Golf Club.

Julie Page, for Hamlett, said he was a member of the club and he became very upset when he visited and found a friend had died.

“There is some history of depression and he decided he wanted to take his own life,” said Ms Page.

“He consumed a small amount of alcohol at the club to give himself Dutch courage to do that but an accident occurred and he became stuck.

“He thought that was fate and he would end his life there but he fell asleep and he was in that state when police arrived.”

Ms Page added: “He prides himself on his reputation within the local building trade.

This incident has been a wake-up call for him.”

Hamlett, of Greenways, The Green, Dunham-on-Trent, admitted damaging property and failing to provide a breath specimen while in charge of a vehicle on 10th January.

He received a one-year probation supervision order, with 100 hours unpaid work, and £85 costs.

Ten penalty points were imposed on his driving licence.