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Woman's anti-suicide Asbo to stay

Amy Dallamura
Amy Beth Dallamura now lives in Hove, Sussex

Magistrates have refused to lift an Asbo on a woman who has made repeated seaside suicide attempts.

Amy Beth Dallamura, 45, of Hove, Sussex, waded out to sea and leapt off piers, jetties, rocks and cliffs when she lived in Aberystwyth.

A previous court hearing heard how she had cost emergency services nearly 1m after they had rescued her 50 times.

She told magistrates in Aberystwyth the order was "no longer necessary", but they refused to lift it.

The Asbo was imposed for an indefinite period in January 2006 after Ms Dallamura, a former golf professional, made repeated suicide attempts.

Magistrates in Aberystwyth banned her from going in the sea, onto beaches or onto the promenade in the town.

Out of control

She breached that order in 2007 and received a two-year supervision order.

At Aberystwyth magistrates' court on Friday she attempted to lift the Asbo.

She told the court her depression started after failed operations on her back and hip.

Representing herself, Ms Dallamura said: "The circumstances were against me and I did not know how to cope with them.

"Consequently, the incidents were chaotic and I suppose I was out of control. In desperation I attempted to swim out to sea in an attempt to disappear."

Ms Dallamura said she moved to live with her family in Hove in September last year, and recently had an operation which had enabled her to walk again.

She added: "The reason why I request the Asbo to be lifted is because my life has changed quite significantly.

"I feel I've been judged harshly, but I know I have caused concern. I have not gone near the sea in Sussex. I want to plan for the future, be productive and do something with my life."

Ms Dallamura said she had no reason to return to Aberystwyth because she had sold her flat and had settled in Hove.

"I would like to apologise for the concern I caused while I was here (in Aberystwyth)," she said.

"But I am concerned the Asbo will affect my employment opportunities."

But Craig Jones, representing Dyfed-Powys Police, said Ms Dallamura had been given a civil Asbo, which did not come with a criminal conviction.

He said Ms Dallamura did not have to declare the order when applying for jobs.

He added that police were called to Borth, near Aberystwyth, in June last year after it was reported Ms Dallamura was walking a coastal path in the early hours of the morning.

Temporary chief inspector Mark James, of Aberystwyth police, told the court that emergency services had seen a fall in incidents relating to Ms Dallamura since the Asbo was imposed.

Aberystwyth magistrate Huw Williams said the Asbo had been imposed for good reason, and would remain in place until further notice.

Ms Dallamura was ordered to pay 500 court costs.

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