Stopped tak­ing meds for lie test TV staff flagged need for help

Daily Star - - FRONT PAGE - by JERRY LAW­TON

A JEREMY Kyle guest thought to have killed him­self after com­ing off his meds and fail­ing a lie de­tec­tor test was sent home alone de­spite telling show staff: “I wish I was dead.’’

A JEREMY Kyle guest sus­pected of killing him­self had been told to stop tak­ing anti-de­pres­sants by mem­bers of the show’s staff.

Steve Dy­mond, 63, was in­formed they could af­fect a lie de­tec­tor test.

The con­struc­tion worker wanted to con­vince fi­ancée Jane Cal­laghan, 48, he had not cheated.

But when he failed the test, he col­lapsed sob­bing to the stu­dio floor. After film­ing fin­ished, he told a re­searcher, who spent an hour try­ing to con­sole him, he was “re­ally up­set” and wished he was dead. “Life’s noth­ing with­out Jane,’’ he added.

The re­searcher was so wor­ried she sent a What­sApp mes­sage to a pro­ducer say­ing Steve was “shell-shocked” and ur­gently needed to see a mem­ber of the after-care team.

But within two hours

ITV staff had sent him off home in a cab, his fam­ily’s lawyers told a pre-in­quest hear­ing in Portsmouth yes­ter­day.

Seven days later he was found dead in his home in the city from a sus­pected mor­phine over­dose.

His death led to the scrap­ping of the TV show after a 14-year run.

Yes­ter­day lawyers for Steve’s fam­ily won the right to see doc­u­ments, mes­sages and notes from pro­gramme staff re­lat­ing to his treat­ment be­fore, dur­ing and after the show. They include state­ments sub­mit­ted to an in­ter­nal ITV probe into the episode.

Steve’s fam­ily also won the right to view the footage of his ap­pear­ance on the show for the first time since his death in May.

It has never been shown on TV. Caoil­fhionn Gal­lagher, rep­re­sent­ing the fam­ily, accused the pro­gramme-mak­ers of rush­ing vul­ner­a­ble Steve on screen within 72 hours of agree­ing to ap­pear.

She said: “If you buy a pair of flip-flops on the in­ter­net you have a 14-day cool­ing off pe­riod to de­cide whether or not to keep them. For a de­ci­sion so po­ten­tially lifechang­ing there is no equiv­a­lent.

“There is no cool­ing off. You are jumped on very quickly. The time he had to think it over was too short. After his cruel sham­ing, he did not get the ap­pro­pri­ate support from the after-care team.’’ She also said Steve had stopped tak­ing his anti-de­pres­sants be­fore he went on the show after be­ing told he would not be able to take the lie de­tec­tor test if he was on med­i­ca­tion.

The hear­ing was ad­journed un­til Novem­ber 21, when the par­ties will de­cide which wit­nesses will need to give ev­i­dence.

A spokesman for the fam­ily’s le­gal team said they had not de­cided whether to ask Mr Kyle to take the stand but it was pos­si­ble.

‘Life’s noth­ing with­out Jane. I wish I was dead’

■ TRAGEDY: Steve and, left, telly host Jeremy Kyle

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