One Direction star Louis Tomlinson's father was found drunk in a park after 'trying to build up courage for suicide'

  • Troy Austin, 46, charged with failing to provide a specimen to police
  • Officers found him in a park in Doncaster and alcohol inside the car
  • He told police he was 'trying to pluck up the courage' to kill himself
  • The estranged father of the star given 10 points and ordered to pay £250

One Direction star Louis Tomlinson's father has avoided jail after failing to provide a breath test to police who found him following a suicide attempt.

Troy Austin, 46, was charged with failing to provide a specimen after police found him in a park in Doncaster, South Yorkshire, on August 19.

A court heard that inside a car close to Austin, officers found alcohol, described as 'to pluck up the courage' to commit suicide. The hearing was told that Austin had inhaled noxious fumes before the police arrived.

Austin split from Louis' mother Johannah when the Little Things hit-maker was just five years old and he has since taken on his stepfather Mark Tomlinson's surname. 

Troy Austin (left, with his brother Terry Bolwell) the estranged father of One Direction star Louis Tomlinson, outside Doncaster Magistrates Court, where Austin appeared charged with failing to provide a breath test while being in charge of a car

Troy Austin (left, with his brother Terry Bolwell) the estranged father of One Direction star Louis Tomlinson, outside Doncaster Magistrates Court, where Austin appeared charged with failing to provide a breath test while being in charge of a car

He has previously revealed he hoped Louis would allow him to be a part of his grandchild's life, saying he wanted to 'heal the rift' and make up for lost time.

Doncaster Magistrates Court heard was told police found Austin after his family reported him as a missing person.

He was found in Cantley Park, Doncaster,  standing next to a car he had reportedly borrowed.

He had drunk alcohol to 'build up the courage to kill himself', prosecutor Joanne Lewis-Crooks said.

Ms Lewis-Crooks said: 'Officers were involved in Mr Austin's case due to concern about Mr Austin himself and were trying to find the car that they believed he had taken possession of.

When he was found in the park, standing outside of his vehicle, Mr Austin said he had intended to kill himself.

'He had had some alcohol to drink to 'pluck up the courage' to commit suicide.

'The officer confirmed there were some alcohol cans in the boot.'  

Police requested that he take a breath test, but he refused on the basis that he was not driving the vehicle.

Austin was then taken to a police station where he tried to injure himself by hitting his head on the furnishings.

Police tried to take a second sample but Austin refused and he was taken to hospital as a result of the injuries he had inflicted upon himself.

A court heard that inside a car close to Austin, who is estranged from his famous son, officers found alcohol, described as 'to pluck up the courage' to commit suicide

A court heard that inside a car close to Austin, who is estranged from his famous son, officers found alcohol, described as 'to pluck up the courage' to commit suicide

Speaking outside court, Austin's brother Terry Boswell - Louis' uncle - insisted that his suicide attempt was nothing to do with his estranged relationship with the young pop star, who is about to become a father himself

Speaking outside court, Austin's brother Terry Boswell - Louis' uncle - insisted that his suicide attempt was nothing to do with his estranged relationship with the young pop star, who is about to become a father himself

Defending, Ross Wagstaff explained that Austin had not deliberately refused to provide a specimen.

He said: 'Whether this was a deliberate refusal could be argued because of his mental state and that he had just inhaled (the fumes) before the police arrived.

'Mr Austin had given up at this point. He was not obstructing.'

Mr Wagstaff also went on to explain the break down of Austin's relationship with his elder brother Dean as the cause of his distress.

He said: 'Mr Austin and his brother are the joint proprietors of a local hotel left to them by a family member.

'He was taking regular income from that business but that relationship broke down and led him to take the action he has.'

Mr Wagstaff also went on to explain that Austin is voluntarily engaging with a number of local alcohol agencies and a crisis team and his younger brother, Terry, is supporting him throughout.

Sentencing Austin, magistrate chair Stuart Highfield said: 'We have given you maximum credit for your early plea and it is pleasing to note that you are doing voluntary work with Doncaster alcohol services.

'We have also taken into account your mental state at the time.

Austin split from Louis' mother Johannah when the Little Things hit-maker was just five years old

Austin split from Louis' mother Johannah when the Little Things hit-maker was just five years old

Louis is one of seven siblings and he took his stepfather Mark Tomlinson's surname when he was younger, although his mother Johannah remarried again to doctor Dan Deakin in July 2014

Louis is one of seven siblings and he took his stepfather Mark Tomlinson's surname when he was younger, although his mother Johannah remarried again to doctor Dan Deakin in July 2014

'We have given you a chance, let's hope it is a one off.'

Austin was also given 10 points on his licence and ordered to pay £250 costs. 

Louis is one of seven siblings and he took his stepfather Mark Tomlinson's surname when he was younger, although his mother Johannah remarried again to doctor Dan Deakin in July 2014. 

Speaking outside court, Austin's brother Terry Boswell - Louis' uncle - insisted that his suicide attempt was nothing to do with his estranged relationship with the young pop star, who is about to become a father himself.

He said: 'Troy has found it difficult to be a father to Louis because he hasn't had a father figure himself.

'Troy knows he has made mistakes with Louis but all we want to do is be proud of Louis and what he has achieved.

'But this isn't about Louis - this is about pressure between Troy and his brother Dean and a legal battle that is going on between them about their hotel.'

But, he added: 'Troy loves his son, maybe hopefully one day Louis will come and see his dad.'

Mr Boswell added after the case that the family just wanted to get on with their lives and supporting Troy.

He said: 'I own a plumbing firm and I am going to try to help him. He has been offered a job.

'When this legal battle is over, Troy will hopefully walk away with some money and then he is going to have to help himself.'

He added: 'I feel Troy is getting better now, even in his appearance.

'I ring him up daily and I do feel like he is getting somewhere.'

And reflecting on the sentence, Mr Boswell said: 'The judge has given him a chance, it's up to him to step up to the plate and its onwards and upwards from here.' 

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