Second paragraph from the end reads: “She knew he could be mean and nasty when he was under stress and that he had been seeing a psychotherapist for years. She also knew he was on the antidepressant drug known as prozac.”
SRI Stories note: A second article follows and states that the girl was stabbed over 200 times.
Tutor had ‘nasty, mean side’ ex-girlfriend tells court
11:31AM Thursday Jul 02, 2009
Sophie Elliott was stabbed to death. Photo / Supplied
Living with Clayton Weatherston could be “a bit like walking on eggshells”, a former girlfriend of the 33-year-old former University economics tutor told the Christchurch High Court this morning.
The trial was later adjourned until tomorrow after a juror collapsed.It will reconvene at 10am tomorrow.
The young woman whose identity is suppressed was in a relationship with Weatherston for two to three years until 2007 when he became involved with Sophie Elliott, a 22-year-old Honours student.
Weatherston stabbed Miss Elliott to death at her Ravensbourne home on January 9 last year and is on trial for murder.
He has admitted manslaughter but denies the killing was murder. The defense says he was provoked by the pain of the tumultuous relationship with Miss Elliott and because she attacked him with a pair of scissors.
The young woman was giving evidence on the seventh day of Weatherston’s trial.
To defense counsel Judith Ablett-Kerr QC, she said she learned she had to be “quite careful” with Weatherston. If she said something that set him off he would “really go off”.
But she agreed their relationship was generally loving and kind although she found it really stressful when he came under stress “He had two sides, a loving and generous side and a nasty, mean side which he seldom showed in public,” the woman said.
During their time together, she had never challenged Weatherston nor questioned his sexual performance. And she would not have compared his sexual organs to anyone else’s although she did once “reluctantly” when he asked her directly.
She never implied he was “a retard” but Weatherston told her Sophie Elliott had called him that.
” I thought she was probably saying it in jest and I suggested that to him. I said I didn’t think it was directed to his intelligence or meant that way.
“But he took it differently, and referred to it several times,” the young woman said.
She knew he could be mean and nasty when he was under stress and that he had been seeing a psychotherapist for years. She also knew he was on the antidepressant drug known as prozac.
“You knew he was psychologically fragile?” Mrs Ablett-Kerr asked, and the witness agreed there was “an element of fragility” to his personality.
– OTAGO DAILY TIMES
Second paragraph reads: “The university tutor is accused of killing Sophie Elliott by stabbing her more than 200 times.”
Tears flow at Weatherston trial
Published: 12:29PM Thursday July 02, 2009
Source: NZPA/ONE News
Emotions spilled over in the murder trial of Clayton Weatherston in Christchurch on Thursday as letters he wrote after his arrest were read to the court.
The university tutor is accused of killing Sophie Elliott by stabbing her more than 200 times.
A former girlfriend of the accused, who has name suppression, read a letter she sent him while he was in jail.
“This will be a rough ride, you’ll be ok,” she read.
As Weatherston’s ex-girlfriend began to cry, there were tears from Clayton Weatherston too. His lawyer had to take over reading a letter he had written back.
“I’m nervous about court on Thursday and I’m annoyed my side will not be made public,” the letter, from just days after he stabbed Elliott to death, read.
The woman, who had been Weatherston’s girlfriend for three years, said she had written to him before she knew the extent of Elliott’s injuries.
“When I found out what had gone on…I couldn’t believe it and I wouldn’t have written a letter,” she said.
She also told the defense about the night Weatherston attacked her and kicked her across a room.
“Just before he kicked me he said ‘you ungrateful bitch’.” t
She agreed he was stressed and on anti-depressants at the time.
Just after the court adjourned, one of the jurors collapsed in the jury room.
A doctor in the court’s public gallery gave the juror medical assistance before he was taken away by an ambulance.
“We will get a report from the hospital after they have been able to assess his condition,” Justice Potter said.
If he is too unwell to continue, the court will reconvene at 10am on Friday with a jury of just 11.
Here is the complete list of adverse reactions attributable to SSRI medications:
2. Vivid and violent dreams
3. Inability to detect dreams from reality (The world takes on an other-worldly aspect)
4. No emotions
5. Inability to feel guilt or cry
7. Loss of appetite
8. Rash; Breathing or lung problems
9. Heart fluttering
10. Shaking – jitteriness
11. Unusual energy surges at times producing super human strength (adrenalin rushes)
12. Memory impairment
13. Hair loss
14. Blurred vision or pressure behind the eyes
15. Inability to discontinue use of drug and increasing own dose
16. Cravings for alcohol, sweets, and other substances or drinking large sums of alcohol, coffee or other caffeinated drinks, diet pop with NutraSweet, etc.
18. Swelling and/or pain in joints
19. Burning or tingling in extremities
20. Muscle twitching or contractions
21. Tongue numbness and slurred speech
25. Chills or cold sweats
26. Muscle weakness
27. Extreme fatigue
28. Diabetes or hypoglycemia
29. Lowered immune system
30. Seizures or convulsions
31. Weight gain or weight loss
32. Mood swings
33. Altered personality
34. Symptoms of mania, ie., inability to sit still or restlessness, racing thoughts, acting silly or giddy (like a teenager again)
35. Sexual promiscuity leading to unwanted pregnancy or divorce
36. Irresponsibility, wild spending sprees, gambling, criminal behavior, shoplifting, embezzling, stealing, hostility, etc.
38. Blank staring
39. Inability to see any alternatives in situations
41. Aggressive or violent behavior
42. Wanting to ram other cars or driving irrationally
43. Impulsive behavior with no concern about consequences
44. Numbness in various body parts – legs go numb and right out from under patient
45. Sexual organs go numb making orgasm impossible
46. Pulling away from loved ones and others (isolating oneself)
48. No desire to be touched
50. Falsely accusing others of abuse – family members or acquaintances
51. Loss of spirituality
52. Feeling “possessed” or that something evil is inside
53. Self destructive behavior and suicidal ideation
54. Suicide attempts
55. Muscle tremors
56. Loss of co-ordination
[SOURCE: PROZAC: PANACEA OR PANDORA?, BY ANN BLAKE TRACY, PH.D.] (370)