Dominic Gilbert of the EDP reports:
The heartbreaking first words spoken by Christopher Higgins after he suffered what were to be fatal injuries in a fall at a mental health unit, have been heard at an inquest into his death.
When he went to his aid, Mr Higgins said: “Tell my family I am sorry.”
Hospital staff considered admitting him to a secure ward, but there were no available beds at the time.
Attending the initial call for help, PC Haslam said Mr Higgins had been handcuffed by police who found him “stabbing himself with a pair of scissors”.
“He was apologetic and said, ‘I’m just an idiot, I have said some bad things to people and I’m sorry’,” the officer told the court. “He was a mixture of being quite upset and ashamed.
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