Hollywood star's nephew fights for life after seafront fall

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The nephew of Hollywood film star is fighting for his life after falling from a telephone box.

Liam Neeson’s nephew Ronan Sexton remains in hospital with a “serious head injury” after a 20 foot fall on Brighton seafront.

The 31-year-old from Worthing is being treated at the neurological unit at Hurstwood Park Hospital in Haywards Heath after being injured on the night out with friends.

Paramedics and police officers were called to the scene at 4am on Sunday morning.

His mother Bernadette Sexton, who is the sister of the Star Wars and Taken film star Neeson, was not at the family home in Worthing yesterday.

Her partner Harry Shannon told a national newspaper that she had been at her son’s bedside all day.

Mr Shannon said that Neeson, who lives in Manhattan with his two teenage boys, had contacted the family about the tragic incident.

It is the latest heartbreak to befall the family following the death of Neeson’s wife Natasha Richardson more than five years ago.

The actress died after a freak accident during a skiing lesson at a Canadian resort in 2009.

Mrs Sexton suffered her own heartbreak after her former partner Brian died in 2005 aged just 56 after the headteacher’s long battle with alcoholism and depression.

Ronan is the second youngest of six Sexton children.

Best wishes of support have been posted on Ronan’s Facebook page wishing him “a full and speedy recovery”.

A Sussex police spokesman said: “Just after 4am on Sunday June 22 a 31-year-old Worthing man had climbed on to the top of a telephone kiosk outside Brighton Pier when he fell 20ft to the ground, sustaining a serious head injury.

“He was taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital and was later transferred to Hurstwood Park Hospital in Haywards Heath where he is currently in a critical condition.

“The man had been enjoying a night out with friends, who were present when he fell, and the incident is not being treated as suspicious.

“There is no further police investigation.”

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7:24pm Thu 26 Jun 14

BlackRocker says...

Sounds like a 'freak' accident that needn't have happened. Falling off after climbing on top of a telephone box at 4.00 am is hardly an accident. I hope whoever he was with feels guilty, because at the time, they could have done something to prevent it happening.
Sounds like a 'freak' accident that needn't have happened. Falling off after climbing on top of a telephone box at 4.00 am is hardly an accident. I hope whoever he was with feels guilty, because at the time, they could have done something to prevent it happening. BlackRocker
  • Score: -2

7:37pm Thu 26 Jun 14

stevo!! says...

BlackRocker wrote:
Sounds like a 'freak' accident that needn't have happened. Falling off after climbing on top of a telephone box at 4.00 am is hardly an accident. I hope whoever he was with feels guilty, because at the time, they could have done something to prevent it happening.
The police aren't taking it further.

He was obviously 100% to blame for his injuries.

It looks like he fell on the seaward side of the kiosk....
[quote][p][bold]BlackRocker[/bold] wrote: Sounds like a 'freak' accident that needn't have happened. Falling off after climbing on top of a telephone box at 4.00 am is hardly an accident. I hope whoever he was with feels guilty, because at the time, they could have done something to prevent it happening.[/p][/quote]The police aren't taking it further. He was obviously 100% to blame for his injuries. It looks like he fell on the seaward side of the kiosk.... stevo!!
  • Score: 6

1:03am Fri 27 Jun 14

Roundbill says...

Are we supposed to consider this especially tragic because the guy's uncle is an entertainer?
Are we supposed to consider this especially tragic because the guy's uncle is an entertainer? Roundbill
  • Score: 4

5:14am Fri 27 Jun 14

fredaj says...

BlackRocker wrote:
Sounds like a 'freak' accident that needn't have happened. Falling off after climbing on top of a telephone box at 4.00 am is hardly an accident. I hope whoever he was with feels guilty, because at the time, they could have done something to prevent it happening.
Why are you assuming that anyone but himself is responsible for his actions?

Bizarre!
[quote][p][bold]BlackRocker[/bold] wrote: Sounds like a 'freak' accident that needn't have happened. Falling off after climbing on top of a telephone box at 4.00 am is hardly an accident. I hope whoever he was with feels guilty, because at the time, they could have done something to prevent it happening.[/p][/quote]Why are you assuming that anyone but himself is responsible for his actions? Bizarre! fredaj
  • Score: 11

9:00am Fri 27 Jun 14

Cave Johnson says...

He has a certain set of skills, which don't include balance.
He has a certain set of skills, which don't include balance. Cave Johnson
  • Score: 0

9:24am Fri 27 Jun 14

BlackRocker says...

BlackRocker wrote:
Sounds like a 'freak' accident that needn't have happened. Falling off after climbing on top of a telephone box at 4.00 am is hardly an accident. I hope whoever he was with feels guilty, because at the time, they could have done something to prevent it happening.
A Sussex police spokesman said:
'The man had been enjoying a night out with friends, *who were present* when he fell, and the incident is not being treated as suspicious.'

So, why didn't his friends try to prevent him doing something so foolish?
[quote][p][bold]BlackRocker[/bold] wrote: Sounds like a 'freak' accident that needn't have happened. Falling off after climbing on top of a telephone box at 4.00 am is hardly an accident. I hope whoever he was with feels guilty, because at the time, they could have done something to prevent it happening.[/p][/quote]A Sussex police spokesman said: 'The man had been enjoying a night out with friends, *who were present* when he fell, and the incident is not being treated as suspicious.' So, why didn't his friends try to prevent him doing something so foolish? BlackRocker
  • Score: -5

9:53am Fri 27 Jun 14

Andy R says...

BlackRocker wrote:
BlackRocker wrote:
Sounds like a 'freak' accident that needn't have happened. Falling off after climbing on top of a telephone box at 4.00 am is hardly an accident. I hope whoever he was with feels guilty, because at the time, they could have done something to prevent it happening.
A Sussex police spokesman said:
'The man had been enjoying a night out with friends, *who were present* when he fell, and the incident is not being treated as suspicious.'

So, why didn't his friends try to prevent him doing something so foolish?
So you were there then?

Hopefully you'll have provided a full witness statement to the police...?
[quote][p][bold]BlackRocker[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BlackRocker[/bold] wrote: Sounds like a 'freak' accident that needn't have happened. Falling off after climbing on top of a telephone box at 4.00 am is hardly an accident. I hope whoever he was with feels guilty, because at the time, they could have done something to prevent it happening.[/p][/quote]A Sussex police spokesman said: 'The man had been enjoying a night out with friends, *who were present* when he fell, and the incident is not being treated as suspicious.' So, why didn't his friends try to prevent him doing something so foolish?[/p][/quote]So you were there then? Hopefully you'll have provided a full witness statement to the police...? Andy R
  • Score: -2

2:05pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Andy R says...

stevo!! wrote:
Andy R wrote:
BlackRocker wrote:
BlackRocker wrote:
Sounds like a 'freak' accident that needn't have happened. Falling off after climbing on top of a telephone box at 4.00 am is hardly an accident. I hope whoever he was with feels guilty, because at the time, they could have done something to prevent it happening.
A Sussex police spokesman said:
'The man had been enjoying a night out with friends, *who were present* when he fell, and the incident is not being treated as suspicious.'

So, why didn't his friends try to prevent him doing something so foolish?
So you were there then?

Hopefully you'll have provided a full witness statement to the police...?
Where did he say he was present?

Where did he suggest he was present?

Stop making stupid assumptions based on your own prejudices about everyone and everything.
Oh wasn't he present then? Well blow me down! I'm shocked!



facepalm.........
[quote][p][bold]stevo!![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Andy R[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BlackRocker[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BlackRocker[/bold] wrote: Sounds like a 'freak' accident that needn't have happened. Falling off after climbing on top of a telephone box at 4.00 am is hardly an accident. I hope whoever he was with feels guilty, because at the time, they could have done something to prevent it happening.[/p][/quote]A Sussex police spokesman said: 'The man had been enjoying a night out with friends, *who were present* when he fell, and the incident is not being treated as suspicious.' So, why didn't his friends try to prevent him doing something so foolish?[/p][/quote]So you were there then? Hopefully you'll have provided a full witness statement to the police...?[/p][/quote]Where did he say he was present? Where did he suggest he was present? Stop making stupid assumptions based on your own prejudices about everyone and everything.[/p][/quote]Oh wasn't he present then? Well blow me down! I'm shocked! facepalm......... Andy R
  • Score: -1

5:02pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Roundbill says...

Yay, it's the weekend!
Whose round is it?
Yay, it's the weekend! Whose round is it? Roundbill
  • Score: 2

8:36am Sat 28 Jun 14

brighton bluenose says...

stevo!! wrote:
Andy R wrote:
BlackRocker wrote:
BlackRocker wrote:
Sounds like a 'freak' accident that needn't have happened. Falling off after climbing on top of a telephone box at 4.00 am is hardly an accident. I hope whoever he was with feels guilty, because at the time, they could have done something to prevent it happening.
A Sussex police spokesman said:
'The man had been enjoying a night out with friends, *who were present* when he fell, and the incident is not being treated as suspicious.'

So, why didn't his friends try to prevent him doing something so foolish?
So you were there then?

Hopefully you'll have provided a full witness statement to the police...?
Where did he say he was present?

Where did he suggest he was present?

Stop making stupid assumptions based on your own prejudices about everyone and everything.
I' very heard it all now! The most prejudiced person on these forums who makes stupid assumptions calling someone out for exactly the same - PMSL!!
[quote][p][bold]stevo!![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Andy R[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BlackRocker[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BlackRocker[/bold] wrote: Sounds like a 'freak' accident that needn't have happened. Falling off after climbing on top of a telephone box at 4.00 am is hardly an accident. I hope whoever he was with feels guilty, because at the time, they could have done something to prevent it happening.[/p][/quote]A Sussex police spokesman said: 'The man had been enjoying a night out with friends, *who were present* when he fell, and the incident is not being treated as suspicious.' So, why didn't his friends try to prevent him doing something so foolish?[/p][/quote]So you were there then? Hopefully you'll have provided a full witness statement to the police...?[/p][/quote]Where did he say he was present? Where did he suggest he was present? Stop making stupid assumptions based on your own prejudices about everyone and everything.[/p][/quote]I' very heard it all now! The most prejudiced person on these forums who makes stupid assumptions calling someone out for exactly the same - PMSL!! brighton bluenose
  • Score: 0

12:09am Tue 22 Jul 14

stevo!! says...

" The most prejudiced person on these forums who makes stupid assumptions"

That sounds like you, bluearse.
" The most prejudiced person on these forums who makes stupid assumptions" That sounds like you, bluearse. stevo!!
  • Score: 0

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