There is nothing worse than suffering from back pain; in some cases, it can get to the point where the affected individual considers extreme measures to numb the pain. Paul Davis suffered chronic back pain that left him so sore that he went to extreme measures to try to alleviate it; he decided that the only way to stop feeling the pain would be to shoot himself in the back! But instead of receiving help, he was handed a three-year jail term instead.
Extreme Back Pain
Forty-four-year-old Paul Davis from Sidcup in Kentwas suffering from such severe back pain that he thought the only option was to shoot himself in the back to try to paralyse himself to numb the pain. In April, he was found on his sofa after the second attempt at shooting himself did not work as the weapon had jammed. All he managed to do is make the back pain even worse than before because of the gunshot wound; as you might imagine, he is seriously struggling now.
Unusual and Tragic
Bizarrely, instead of receiving help for his problem, Davis was sentenced to three years in prison for possession of a firearm. Mr Justice Haddon-Cave told London’s Appeal Court, “The reasons for him shooting himself were extremely unusual and tragic. Remarkably, he decided to shoot himself in the spine to paralyse himself and try to stop that pain. He fetched the gun, shot himself in the lower back, and then tried to reload for a second shot, but the gun jammed. But the injury appears only to have caused more nerve damage and to have exacerbated his condition.”
Mr Davis’ barrister pleaded with the judges to ‘show mercy’ and insisted that her client was ‘in despair’ at the time of the shooting. The judge quashed the three-year jail term and instead imposed a two-year suspended sentence, adding, “This is a wholly exceptional and tragic case, which calls for mercy.”
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