YOUTHS were making the life of a vulnerable man a misery, a court heard.
Daniel Francis Jones, 28, a father of four with psychiatric problems, was taunted by youths in Saughall.
The pressure made him turn to alcohol which did not mix with his anti-psychotic medication.
A court heard how Jones, of Rakeway, Saughall, went off across some fields intending to end it all by throwing himself into the River Dee.
He got thirsty, saw what he believed to be a farm, went to find a tap to get a drink, but then tried to break into a vehicle to spend the night.
Jones admitted damaging a Mercedes vehicle at Great Outdoors in Burgess Drive, Sealand Road on March 13.
But after listening to the circumstances deputy district judge Mark Layton gave him a 12 month conditional discharge and ordered him to pay £95 compensation and £85 costs.
The judge told him: “Rise above the taunts of youths. Your priority must be your family and safeguarding your own health in the long term. Drink and tablets don't mix.”
The judge said Jones was already receiving support from a community psychiatric nurse who would help him deal with the youths who were taunting him.
Mike Gray, defending, said: “They target him. He has told the police who they are. It still persists now. It ends up with him drinking and when the drink mixes with his medication he becomes very unstable.”
On the night of the offence he did not want to go back to the village for fear of being confronted by the youths again and decided to sleep the night in the vehicle.
He accepted that in his drunken haze he had damaged the vehicle while trying to get into the cab to sleep.