New­ly­wed spends hon­ey­moon in hos­pi­tal af­ter 15 foot head-first fall

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A new hus­band suf­fered a hon­ey­moon from hell when he was se­ri­ously in­jured af­ter plum­met­ing head-first through a rot­ted balcony. Luck­less new­ly­wed Matt Bul­li­vant (36), from Bret­ton, had only just ar­rived at the Cor­nish bed and break­fast with his wife Mar­i­lyn (51) when he went out to catch a glimpse of the sur­round­ings.

But the flimsy balustrade cracked un­der his weight and he fell 15ft - shattering his right hand and split­ting open his head.

The rest of his week-long hon­ey­moon was spent in hos­pi­tal.

The guest house own­ers Troy and Julie McCann, aged 48 and 49, pleaded guilty at Truro Mag­is­trates’ Court to fail­ing to prop­erly main­tain the balcony and were each or­dered­to­pay­morethan£7,000.

And­speakingafterthe­case Matt, who has three chil­dren from a pre­vi­ous re­la­tion­ship, said he feared the in­ci­dent could have been fa­tal.

He­said: “We­hadonly­been there for about 20 min­utes. I looked out onto the balcony, put the ket­tle on then went back out onto it.

“I put my hand onto the top of it (the balcony) - it just cracked and I went with it.

“There was no way of telling it was rot­ten. It looked fine.”

Mr Bul­li­vant had picked theChel­low­deneGuestHouse in Fal­mouth, Corn­wall, for his hon­ey­moo­nandthe­cou­plear­rived on Septem­ber 21 of last year.

Af­ter stand­ing on the balcony and look­ing out at the view he came crash­ing down.

Dazed and con­fused - and cov­ered in blood - he did not know what had hit him.

HiswifeMar­i­lyn­then­came run­ning out, closely fol­lowed by the ho­tel owner.

MrBul­li­vant, whowork­sas a ware­house operative, spent three days in hos­pi­tal where he re­ceived 25 stitches and was off work for three-and-ahalf months.

He still suf­fers “con­stant pain” in his right hand- which has a metal plate in it - and he can­not feel the top half of his back.

He said: “I split my head open. My eye lid was hang­ing off. I have nerve dam­ageinmy back.

“We were meant to stay in Fal­mouth­foraweek­butIend­edupin­hos­pi­tal for a weekin­stead.”

Mr Bul­li­vant is now await­ing com­pen­sa­tion for the ac­ci­dent - and has dealt with it through the courts.

Troy and Julie McCann, who live at the guest house, were de­scribed in court as “highly re­spected hote­liers” with no pre­vi­ous health and safety breaches. They were eachfined£4,000an­dordered to pay costs of £3,037 each.

Mr Bul­li­vant added: “I was an­gry­with­them­tostartwith­theyshould’ve­main­tainedthe prop­erty. If it was my wife or kids out on the balcony they could’ve died.”

Mat­tBul­li­vant pic­tured re­cov­er­ing from his in­juries af­ter he fell through a balcony on his hon­ey­moon and on his wed­ding day with wife Mar­i­lyn. Photo: SWNS - MASONS - HEMEDIA

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