HONEYMOON HORROR AS GROOM PLUNGES FROM BALCONY
Newlywed spends honeymoon in hospital after 15 foot head-first fall
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