THE distraught family of a man seriously injured in a roof plunge have hit out at the ‘sick’ people who urged him to jump.
The 26-year-old Portsmouth man fell from a roof in Arundel Street on Tuesday morning.
He remains in a critical condition at Southampton General Hospital.
In a statement released through Hampshire Constabulary, the man’s family condemned those who jeered at him from the crowd which had gathered behind the police cordons.
The family’s statement said: ‘Tuesday’s incident came as a shock and was completely out of character for our son.
‘He’s a vulnerable man who has had to deal with some significant challenges in his life and when he clearly needed compassion and understanding was met with cruel taunts and encouragement to end his life.
‘Despite this, he is hanging on in hospital and we are hoping he will recover. If he does, he will have a long journey ahead of him.
‘The behaviour of people at the scene shows a lack of understanding for people like our son and what they may be going through.
‘It’s a small comfort that from where he was standing he probably couldn’t hear the yells of people urging him to jump.
‘We now just wish to be left alone to be with our son.’
The man’s identity is not being released by police while he recovers in hospital.
Yesterday, The News reported how people in the crowd had taken pictures and videos as the man stood on the roof above Berketex Brides.
Hampshire Constabulary labelled the people urging the man to jump as ‘disgusting’, while other onlookers called them ‘sick’.
Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101.