Rugby star banned from driving after failed suicide bid

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Rugby star banned from driving after failed suicide bid

Former Hull FC rugby star Brett Seymour has been banned from driving for 20 months after a failed suicide attempt saw him crash into two parked cars while intoxicated.

The court heard how Seymour was suffering from depression at the time of the incident after a particularly poor run of form with his club. He had been drinking beer and whine as well as taken sleeping pills before getting behind the wheel of his BMW 3 Series in March.

The troubled star intended to drive to the Humber Bridge to kill himself but instead overturned his vehicle after ploughing into two parked vehicles in Hessle.

Seymour's wife, Roseanne, told the Sunday People: "Brett said he'd taken a handful of temazepam pills and washed them down with wine. He doesn't remember driving.

"He was sobbing, crying in a way I've never seen him before. It was heartbreaking.

"He couldn't think rationally and said he was ashamed at wanting to leave me and his baby."

After pleading guilty to drink driving and failing to stop at the scene of an accident, Seymour was handed a 20 month driving ban and ordered to pay £925 in fines and costs for the two offences.

Seymour was reportedly earning £130,000 a year at Hull when he signed from the New Zealand Warriors but he amicably ended his contract with the Northeast club after the incident.

Speaking to the Mail outside court, Seymour said: "I would like to thank the local people from the bottom of my heart for all their support.

"It has been a great help. Both me and my wife have been overwhelmed by their messages."