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'Suicide bid' ended in £2,000 damage to Derry hostel roof

BY ALAN ERWIN

A man allegedly planning to take his own life got stuck in the roof of a hostel after plunging from church scaffolding, the High Court has heard.

Michael Stokes was left dangling when his legs crashed through the ceiling of the shelter in Londonderry.

Despite managing to free himself from the hole, he then fell off the roof as police and Fire Service personnel tried to get to him, prosecutors said.

Stokes (33), of Collon Lane in the city, faces a charge of causing £2,000 worth of criminal damage in the December 21 incident.

It was claimed that Stokes jumped from scaffolding at Long Tower Church on to the roof of the House in the Wells shelter.

Defence counsel Sean Doherty linked the alleged suicide plan to Stokes' former partner informing him their relationship was over.

Refusing bail, Mr Justice Stephens said: "I'm not prepared to jeopardise the applicant's life by granting him bail."

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