A 23-year-old man is in hospital suffering from broken ribs and a fractured vertebrae after trying to escape from the Lismore Court House at 4.20pm yesterday.
There was mayhem in the court house after the magistrate informed the 23-year-old, who was appearing in relation to a number of warrants, he would be remanded in custody until his next court date.
The man, wearing handcuffs, then jumped the dock and ran from the court room.
He was grabbed by a NSW Corrective Services officer but was able to break the hold and continue on.
According to police, the man then leaped over the hand rail at the top of a stair well falling two to three metres onto a metal hand rail on the ground floor.
‘The momentum flipped him over and he has landed on the stair case, making contact with his left shoulder,’ police said.
Police, Correctives Services and sheriff officers apprehended the accused and rendered first aid.
After initially being treated at the scene he was conveyed, under escort, to Lismore Base Hospital where he was admitted.
He is currently under police watch at the hospital.