Sicko goads suicidal woman telling her to jump off bridge

A yob who told a distressed woman to jump off a bridge said it was just 'banter'.

Police officers closed Itchen Bridge in Southampton, HANTS on May 6 in response to a woman threatening to jump off it.

Edward Rickard, 45, repeatedly ignored officers' pleas to stop goading the woman and move from the bridge.

When Rickard of Coventry Road finally left the scene, he swore at one officer and hurled a racist comment at the other.

Southampton Magistrates’ Court heard how Edward Rickard shouted “jump, jump”, at a woman in distress on the Itchen Bridge, but a court heard he later dismissed the incident as “banter”.

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When approached by Rickard, one of the police officers was forced to turn his back on the “distressed woman” involved in the incident.

During a police interview, he said he had been drunk at the time and admitted shouting “jump”.

Rickard was charged on Wednesday charged on Wednesday with racially aggravated harassment and obstructing a constable in the execution of his duty.

He had previously pleaded guilty.

In mitigation, it was said Rickard had been out drinking with a friend.

It was argued that his comments were “banter” and that he had since shown remorse for his actions.

Rickard – who has a previous racially aggravated offence to his name – said he was ashamed of the event.

During sentencing, District Judge Peter Greenfield slammed him, saying he could not fathom why he put the woman at risk and why he abused the officers trying to help her.

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Rickard was jailed for 16 weeks, suspended for 18 months.

He must pay £200 in compensation, complete 180 hours of unpaid work and 20 rehabilitation days.

He must also pay £85 court costs and a £128 victim surcharge.

Judge Greenfield said: “The only thing saving you from going to prison is your guilty plea and remorse.”

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