ANTIDEPRESSANTS: Suicide: 22 Year Old Woman: England

NOTE FROM Ann Blake-Tracy (www.drugawareness.org):

When someone has been sickly physically for a period of
time or earlier in life it has been my experience that they do not do well
on antidepressants. They need to rebuild their health, not take a stimulant drug
to force their bodies to perform! Why do we push others as we do? Give them the
time they need to heal!
__________________________________
An inquest on Tuesday heard that Natalie, an animal lover, who
studied at Plumpton College, had suffered ill health as a child, which limited
her sight and held her back at school.
Paragraph seven reads:  “Dr Hunt told the inquest, “She
told me she had been depressed for several years and had been
taking anti-depressants for two
years.”

http://www.eastbourneherald.co.uk/news/Animal-lover-took-own-life.5864785.jp

Animal lover took own life after party

Published Date: 27 November 2009

A ‘SENSITIVE
and quiet girl’ who spent years bravely fighting depression took her own life
just days after her 22nd birthday, an inquest heard.


Family and friends joined
popular Natalie McCreanney at her party at Bibendum in Eastbourne town centre on
November 21 last year.

A week later, her body was
found on a secluded part of the beach, near the foot of Beachy Head.

An inquest on Tuesday heard
that Natalie, an animal lover, who studied at Plumpton College, had suffered ill
health as a child, which limited her sight and held her back at school.

Natalie paid for regular
counselling sessions for several years at the Eastbourne Clinic, but these ended
a couple of months before her death as she was thought to be too dependent on
staff.

Her regular GP, Dr Christopher Bedford-Turner, said
Natalie had taken an overdose in 2005 and later self-harmed on occasions.

On November 24 last year, she had a 15-minute chat
with Dr Caroline Hunt, a locum working at Dr Bedford-Turner’s surgery.

Dr Hunt told the inquest, “She told me she had been
depressed for several years and had been taking anti-depressants for two
years.

“She said she had been feeling very low again. I
asked her if she had any suicidal thoughts. She was non-committal and shrugged
her shoulders.”

They discussed the possibility of increasing her
medication, Dr Hunt said, but Natalie hurried out of the surgery before the
consultation was over.

Her counsellor, Julia Ryder, said sessions with
Natalie ended after she had found a flat and a job.

“I felt it was no longer beneficial to consider
counselling indefinitely as it was not treating any specific depressive symptoms
and was more about her reliance on me and some of my colleagues.”

Mum Jackie paid tribute to her daughter, who had
‘struggled to come to terms with her illness’.

She said, “She was a quiet, sensitive girl with a
passion for animals and a group of supportive friends.”

In the last few months of her life, Natalie was
working at Debenhams and shared a flat in Barbuda Quay.

Second cousin Diane Mounir recounted an emotional
phone call Natalie made to her.
“I asked her if it was a good idea her being
there. She said, ‘I like it here’.

“She wanted to carry on talking but I cut her off
to phone 999. When I phoned her back, her phone was dead.”

Coroner Alan Craze said Natalie’s ‘general descent
into crisis’ had led to an ‘enormous tragedy’. He recorded a verdict of suicide,
while the balance of her mind was disturbed.

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ANTIDEPRESSANTS: Suicide: 18 Year Old: England

Paragraph nine reads:  “Dean was receiving psychiatric
help and was taking anti-depressants. He had also become
further depressed after a friend of his, a landlord at a local pub whom he
confided in, had hung himself last November.”

http://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/news/Castleford-Bullied-teen-hangs-himself.5861951.jp

Castleford: Bullied teen hangs himself

Published
Date:
26 November 2009
A bullied Castleford teenager was found hanged at
his home with lyrics from a hardcore rock song scrawled on his arm.
Tragic
Dean Booth, 18, was found by his horrified mum hanging from a loft hatch. He had
placed a computer cord around his neck.

From the age of 15 he was
tormented by school bullies and developed depression and anger management
issues.

Speaking at an inquest into his death, grieving mum Margaret said
she believed this was a cry for help and he had not intended to kill
himself.

The trainee auctioneer, from Castleford had written the words
‘Bestrafe Mich’ – German for ‘Punish Me’ on his arms – lyrics from German rock
band Rammstein.

The hearing at Wakefield Coroner’s Court on Wednesday
heard he had tried to hang himself on several previous occasions, and even tried
to hurl himself in front of cars to escape his tormentors.

Margaret’s
statement read: “Since earlier this year, he had started scratching his arm,
causing superficial marks. About a week before he died he injured his arm with a
nail gun. I couldn’t say whether this was intentional or an
accident.

“This was a cry for help rather than intending to take his own
life.”

She added he had been singled out by bullies at Castleford High
School. On September 15, they had visited a takeaway before going to bed at
11.30pm. She found him hanging at 6.30am the next morning.

Dean was
receiving psychiatric help and was taking anti-depressants. He had also become
further depressed after a friend of his, a landlord at a local pub whom he
confided in, had hung himself last November.

A post-mortem examination
found he had 121mg of alcohol in 100ml of blood, which would have had a
“significant effect on his moodset and cognitive skills”.

Recording an
open verdict, Coroner Mary Burke said: “His past attempts to harm himself had
always followed the use of alcohol. In May there was an incident when he had
been out drinking and tried to jump in front of cars.

“His response when
asked why he had done this is that he had no memory of doing it. So at the time,
and subsequently, he didn’t realise what he was doing.

“Clearly he was
under the influence of alcohol on the day of his death. Based on the evidence I
am not clear or sure what Dean’s intentions were at the time and I’m certainly
not satisfied beyond reasonable doubt that Dean intended to take his own
life.”

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ANTIDEPRESSANTS: Shooting: Man “snapped” and Shot Wife: Conecticut

Paragraph three reads:  “Braucci told police a
disagreement erupted Tuesday morning
over who
Shelly Lavoie had been calling on her cell phone. Shelly
Lavoie
told police that her husband,
wheelchair bound from injuries suffered in a

motor vehicle crash during his teenage years, had grown
increasingly
paranoid, and was taking anti-depressants.”

SSRI Stories
note:  The Physicians Desk Reference states that one of the side-effects of

antidepressants, and this is not listed as rare, is
“paranoia”.

http://www.rep-am.com/articles/2009/11/26/news/local/451726.txt

Thursday, November 26, 2009 3:16 AM EST

Man accused of shooting wifesnapped
BY
BRIGITTE

RUTHMAN
REPUBLICAN-AMERICAN
LITCHFIELD —
John Lavoie told a friend, “I shot
Shelly, I
snapped.”

The 53-year-old handicapped man who held
police
at bay for nearly 10 hours Tuesday
after shooting his wife in the thigh is
now
being held on $500,000 bond on first-degree
assault
charges.

According to the
warrant for his arrest, Lavoie, a native
of
Thomaston, told his friend Vincent Braucci Jr. during a late
afternoon
phone conversation Tuesday that he
didn’t mean to do it. Upset and
remorseful, he
still maintained his wife of 23 years was having
an
affair.

Braucci told police a
disagreement erupted Tuesday morning
over who
Shelly Lavoie had been calling on her cell phone. Shelly
Lavoie
told police that her husband,
wheelchair bound from injuries suffered in a

motor vehicle crash during his teenage years, had grown
increasingly
paranoid, and was taking
anti-depressants.

According to the warrant, at 10:25 a.m. Lavoie
grabbed a long rifle or shotgun, slipped at

least one round in the chamber, and went after his wife. The
couple
struggled — although he is unable to
use his legs, Lavoie’s upper body is
strong
from landscaping the house neighbors said he designed himself

and
maintains with some hired
assistance.

Shelly Lavoie fled to the bathroom in the 16 East Litchfield
Road South home where the couple have
lived
for six years. Her husband fired a bullet that entered her
right
thigh, and passed through into her left
thigh where it became
lodged.

Lavoie
told his wife he was going to shoot her in the
back,
and in the ensuing struggle, Shelly
Lavoie, 47, seized the gun and threw
it out of
reach, then fled through the garage to her car. She grabbed
her
cell phone and phoned her mother to tell
her what was happening as she
drove herself to
Charlotte Hungerford Hospital.

Her mother
phoned
police, who were dispatched to the East
Litchfield home and to the
hospital to
interview Shelly Lavoie. The injured woman told detectives
her
husband was depressed and had talked about
suicide, claiming in recent
months that she
was cheating on him. She was transferred to
Hartford
Hospital, where her condition was
unavailable Wednesday.

To read
the
complete story see Thursday’s Republican-American or our
electronic
edition at: http://republicanamerican.ct.newsmemory.com/

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ANTIDEPRESSANTS: 26 Year Old Teacher Hangs Herself: England

Paragraph 22 reads:  “The inquest heard the teacher had
attempted suicide in 2000 and complained of work-related stress in November
2006, before seeing her GP for depression in early 2007. She then began taking anti-depressants.”

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1231409/French-teacher-hanged-accused-helping-GCSE-pupils-cheat-exams.html

Young teacher, 26, hanged herself after being accused of helping pupils
cheat in GCSEs

By James
Tozer

Last updated at 8:31 PM on 27th November 2009

A teacher suspended over claims she helped pupils cheat in their GCSE exams hanged
herself – only to be exonerated after her death.

Vanessa Rann was
distraught after being accused of giving children unfair help during their
French oral examination.

She was sent home on full pay while an
investigation into the allegations was carried out, with pupils facing the
prospect of having their final grades changed.

Investigation: Miss Rann
worked at Grange School and Sports College, Warmley

But days later, the
French-born trainee teacher‘s body was found by her fiance at the home they
shared. She was 26.

Yesterday an inquest into her death revealed the
investigation went on to clear her of any wrongdoing.

Only in her first
year of teaching, Miss Rann was apparently already a much-loved member of staff
at Grange School and Sports College in Warmley, Bristol.

But she was
struggling with the stress of her job and believed her head of department,
Francesca Alcock, was trying to ‘force her out’, the hearing was told.

In May 2007, she was accused of giving unfair help to students taking
their GCSE French oral and suspended.

In a statement read to Flax
Bourton Coroner’s Court, headteacher Steve Cook said she was also being
investigated for inviting Year 11 pupils to an end-of-term party at her house as
well as accusing Miss Alcock of ‘trying to get her sacked’.

She met her
union representative, Paul Hutchins, who told the hearing she was ‘distressed’
by the allegations but had told him she ‘hadn’t done anything wrong’.

He
added: ‘We talked about whether she wanted to continue teaching and she said she
loved it, had a good relationship with the children and had made friends at the
school.

‘She said she found her position at the school challenging. She
wanted to continue, but possibly at a different school.’

Mr Hutchins
said Miss Rann was also under pressure because she had failed a teaching
assessment.

But he said: ‘At the time she gave me no cause for concern.
She had a tremendous support network by her.’

Her fiance, Darren Proud,
found her body in their garage in Fishponds, Bristol, on the morning of June 3,
2007.

Exam board Edexcel later ruled pupils had not unfairly benefited
during the exams and there was no need to adjust the final marks.

Mr
Proud told the hearing his fiancee had suffered depression before, but that
‘things went wrong’ following her suspension.

He added she had mentioned
hanging herself in the past, prompting him to urge her to seek medical
help.

‘I thought it was just a silly comment and told her she shouldn’t
be thinking about stuff like that,’ he said.

‘I didn’t expect her to do
something like this because she was pretty strong, even though she would be down
sometimes. All day she had been happy, so it came as a shock.’

The
inquest heard the teacher had attempted suicide in 2000 and complained of
work-related stress in November 2006, before seeing her GP for depression in
early 2007. She then began taking anti-depressants.

Recording a verdict
of suicide, Avon coroner Terence Moore said: ‘She was going through extremely
stressful circumstances and in her view her career wasn’t steady.

‘She
did all the right things – she went to see her union rep and went to see her
doctor. Putting all the things together, I’m sure beyond reasonable doubt she
took her own life.’

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ANTIDEPRESSANTS: Assault with Knife: England

Second paragraph from the end reads:  “He was
taking anti-depressants when he met his ex by accident in a
pub and began drinking heavily.”

SSRI Stories Note:  The Physicians
Desk Reference states that antidepressants can
cause a craving for alcohol and alcohol abuse.
Also, the liver cannot metabolize the antidepressant and the alcohol
simultaneously,  thus leading to higher levels of both alcohol and the
antidepressant
in the human body.

http://www.eveshamjournal.co.uk/news/4757634.Heartbroken_man_stabbed_best_friend/

Heartbroken man stabbed best friend

5:09pm Tuesday
24th November 2009

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A HEARTBROKEN man stabbed his best friend in the stomach after
breaking up with his girlfriend.

John Withers had been homeless since
the split but was given shelter by Trevor Phillips, a former work colleague.

But Withers got drunk after an unexpected meeting with his ex-partner
and returned to Mr Phillips’ house in the village of Wickhamford, near Evesham,
in “a zombie state”, said Alex Warren, prosecuting.

He stuck the kitchen

knife four inches into Mr Phillips’ stomach in an unprovoked attack.

When police arrived, Withers was drinking a can of beer and the victim
still had the blade protruding from his body, Worcester Crown Court heard.

Withers, aged 44, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to unlawful
wounding and was jailed for 27 months.

Judge Richard Rundell said an
inch or two either way and Withers could have been facing a murder charge.

He accepted a defence submission that the attack was “inexplicable” and
said Withers might have mental health issues.

Mr Phillips, who lived
with his wife and step daughter, had known the defendant for 15 years and took
pity on him when he became homeless at the end of his romance, said Mr Warren.

But on June 26 Withers was spoken to by Mr Phillips about being drunk
and an argument blew up.

Later that evening Withers returned to the
address. The victim was making coffee when he felt the knife blow.

The
blade did not enter the abdominal cavity and he recovered after an operation.

Francis Laird, defending, said Withers had gone through a stressful
break-up and was “totally heartbroken”.

He was taking anti-depressants
when he met his ex by accident in a pub and began drinking heavily.

Mr
Laird said: “He became overwhelmed and did something quite inexplicable. He is
deeply sorry for what he did. It may have been out of his control.”

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ANTIDEPRESSANTS: Knife Attack: England

Second paragraph from the end reads:  “He was
taking anti-depressants when he met his ex by accident in a
pub and began drinking heavily.”

SSRI Stories Note:  The Physicians
Desk Reference states that antidepressants can
cause a craving for alcohol and alcohol abuse.
Also, the liver cannot metabolize the antidepressant and the alcohol
simultaneously,  thus leading to higher levels of both alcohol and the
antidepressant
in the human body.

http://www.eveshamjournal.co.uk/news/4757634.Heartbroken_man_stabbed_best_friend/

Heartbroken man stabbed best friend

5:09pm Tuesday
24th November 2009

#show Comments (0) Have your
say »

A HEARTBROKEN man stabbed his best friend in the stomach after
breaking up with his girlfriend.

John Withers had been homeless since
the split but was given shelter by Trevor Phillips, a former work colleague.

But Withers got drunk after an unexpected meeting with his ex-partner
and returned to Mr Phillips’ house in the village of Wickhamford, near Evesham,
in “a zombie state”, said Alex Warren, prosecuting.

He stuck the kitchen
knife four inches into Mr Phillips’ stomach in an unprovoked attack.

When police arrived, Withers was drinking a can of beer and the victim
still had the blade protruding from his body, Worcester Crown Court heard.

Withers, aged 44, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to unlawful
wounding and was jailed for 27 months.

Judge Richard Rundell said an
inch or two either way and Withers could have been facing a murder charge.

He accepted a defence submission that the attack was “inexplicable” and
said Withers might have mental health issues.

Mr Phillips, who lived
with his wife and step daughter, had known the defendant for 15 years and took
pity on him when he became homeless at the end of his romance, said Mr Warren.

But on June 26 Withers was spoken to by Mr Phillips about being drunk
and an argument blew up.

Later that evening Withers returned to the
address. The victim was making coffee when he felt the knife blow.

The
blade did not enter the abdominal cavity and he recovered after an operation.

Francis Laird, defending, said Withers had gone through a stressful
break-up and was “totally heartbroken”.

He was taking anti-depressants
when he met his ex by accident in a pub and began drinking heavily.

Mr
Laird said: “He became overwhelmed and did something quite inexplicable. He is
deeply sorry for what he did. It may have been out of his control.”

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ANTIDEPRESSANTS: Suicide: 20 Year Old Woman: England

First two paragraphs read:  “A former Bolton School pupil
who suffered from “dark moods” took a fatal overdose of
anti-depressants,
an inquest heard.

Fay Turner died
aged just 20
in July after a row with her ex-boyfriend.

http://www.theboltonnews.co.uk/news/districtnews/4763545.___Dark_moods____of_overdose_former_pupil/

‘Dark moods’ of overdose former pupil

11:50am Friday
27th November 2009

A FORMER Bolton School pupil who suffered from “dark
moods” took a fatal overdose of anti-depressants, an inquest heard.

Fay Turner died aged just 20 in July after a row with her ex-boyfriend.

The overdose of prescribed medication was the latest in a number taken by Miss
Turner, who had a history of mental health illnesses including anorexia and
depression.

Miss Turner’s father, Philip Turner, of Andrew Lane, Bolton,
described his daughter as a bright girl.

In her early teens she
developed anorexia and was referred to the mental health services for help.

But she left the private school with good GCSE
results, he added.

Mr Turner said: “She was complex, she was very
bright, very perceptive. She did have image problems but at the same time she
was very gregarious and popular.”

Miss Turner dropped out of Turton

School sixth form after doing the first year of her A-level course after her
“mental health deteriorated”.

At the time of her death, she was an art
student at Bolton Community College, with aspirations to go to university to
become a primary school art teacher.

But the inquest heard she would
react to problems in an “impulsive and spontaneous” way and had on previous
occasions called an ambulance after taking an overdose.

On July 20, Miss
Turner was living in Rutland Drive, Bolton, after splitting from her boyfriend,
Ashley Smith, aged 20.

On that day they had a row and, he told the
inquest, he left to go for a walk.

When he arrived back at Rutland Drive
he found empty tablet packets on the floor. He said that when Miss Turner came
downstairs she was acting “really weird, slurring her words and stopping and
starting sentences”.

She tried to call for an ambulance, but Mr Smith
stepped in and called the emergency services himself. Miss Turner died later in
hospital.

Assistant deputy coroner Peter Watson, recording an open
verdict, was “not satisfied” she intended to take her life when she took the
overdose.

He added that despite support from her family, Miss Turner
“acted impulsively and spontaneously to problems that confronted her” when
suffering from “dark moods”.

schaudhari@ theboltonnews.co.uk

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ANTIDEPRESSANTS & PAIN MEDS: Soldier’s Family Claim He is Being Overmedicated

Paragraphs 8 through 10 read:  “About two and a half
weeks ago, Chas was not quite the same on the phone,” says Chip.
He was irritable and confused, and could barely stay
awake
.”

“Then one recent morning staff from Walter Reed had to
bang on Chas’s door just to wake him. Chip says chas is in such a groggy state
now he could not even get on his segway.”

“Chip began to investigate and
discovered doctors changed Chas’s medication, despite chip’s specific orders not
to. He is convinced his son is being prescribed too
many painkillers and anti-depressants.”

http://www.fox2now.com/news/ktvi-walter-reed-chas-shafer-111109,0,55246.story

Illinois Soldier’s Family Worries About His Safety at Walter Reed
Hospital

By Teresa Woodard FOX2now.com

November 11,
2009

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O’FALLON, IL (KTVI-FOX2now.com) – The
family of an O’Fallon, Illinois soldier who lost his leg in Iraq is asking
serious questions about treatment at Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington,
DC. There’s been an unexpected setback in Specialist Chas Shaffer’s recovery.
Fourteen months after the incident, his father says he has regressed, and he

blames the medication he‘s being prescribed by army doctors.

Chip Shaffer
marched in the Veterans’ Day Parade in O’Fallon Wednesday afternoon, all the
while wondering how his son was feeling in Washington, D.C.

“It seems
like I keep failing. And as the father of a wounded warrior, I don’t like
failing,” he says.

Shaffer is a veteran and the son of a World War Two
veteran, and the father of a soldier.

“I am trying to protect that third
generation,” says Shaffer.

Chip’s only son, Chas lost his right leg in
Iraq on September 1, 2008. After months of intense physical and emotional
therapy, Chas seemed unstoppable on a visit home in July. He was easily getting
around on a prosthetic leg, and speeding up and down his father’s street on a
segway.

But now, Chip says, there has been a setback.

“About two
and a half weeks ago, Chas was not quite the same on the phone,” says Chip. He

was irritable and confused, and could barely stay awake.

Then one recent
morning staff from Walter Reed had to bang on Chas’s door just to wake him. Chip
says chas is in such a groggy state now he could not even get on his
segway.

Chip began to investigate and discovered doctors changed Chas’s
medication, despite chip’s specific orders not to. He is convinced his son is
being prescribed too many painkillers and anti-depressants.

A long string
of unclassified army emails shows the Shaffers began complaining about possible
overmedication in February. Chas brought it up in what he believed would be a
private and confidential meeting between amputees at Walter Reed and a senator,
but his name was released and his superiors ridiculed him for what they called
an”offhand comment” said because, “he had an audience, and he used
it.”

The emails were followed by face to face contact where Chas was told
to remember the chain of command.

“In essence he was told never tell a
senator, never tell anyone else anything. This is personal opinions did not
count,” says Chip.

The army has now stripped Chip of his power to make
medical decisions on his son’s behalf. He is deeply worried about Chas and all
patients at Walter Reed.

“These kids need a lot of help. If we can’t fix
it, where are we as a country?” he asks. “If they want a fight, I have no
problem taking a fight to ’em.”

The senator Chas met with is Illinois
Sen. Dick Durbin. He was at the same Veterans’ Day Parade in O’Fallon as Chip.

He promises he cares about Chas too.

“We’ve been in touch with Mr.
Shaffer a number of times, and we’re working with him,” he told Fox 2. “He has
legitimate concerns and we’re going to make sure his son receives the best care.
It wasn’t that long ago that there were some really terrible stories coming out
of Walter Reed. I think things are better, but we’ve got to judge this on a case
by case basis and make sure his son is getting the very best treatment he

deserves.”

Chip was glad to hear the senator’s comments.

“I’m
going to place my confidence in Sen. Durbin. However, he fails, he‘s failing all
our military,” he says.

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ANTIDEPRESSANT: Young Man Collapses, Almost Dies: England

Paragraphs 11 and 12 read:  “The court heard the lad, who
is
suffering from depression, had not had his
medication for four days and tried to ‘catch up’ by taking four days
worth in one go.”

“Mr Parsons added:  ‘One of the side
effects was that this young man collapsed on Mr Lane’s floor. He was
unconscious. There was a delay in the ambulance coming to the flat. Mr Lane was
very distressed. He thought this young man who was in his
care was dead’.”

http://www.thisissouthdevon.co.uk/news/Death-threat-paramedic-trying-save-teenager/article-1513118-detail/article.html

Death threat to paramedic trying to save teenager

Friday, November 13, 2009, 09:22

A MAN threatened to kill a
paramedic who was trying to save the life of a teenager after he collapsed at
his house with a heart attack, a court heard.

South Devon magistrates in
Torquay were told Robert Lane became agitated and angry with ambulance staff who
were trying to revive the 19-year-old man.

Following the case, a
spokesman for the ambulance service said: “Any abuse, whether verbal or
physical, will not be tolerated. The trust takes incidents of this nature very
seriously.”

The court heard on Saturday, October 24, the young man, who
had been living with Lane at his Prospect Lane home in Brixham for the past two
years, collapsed with suspected heart failure after ingesting four days’ worth
of anti-depressants in one go.

Lane, 48, called 999 but was angry with
the paramedics when he claimed they turned up 35 minutes later.

Lyndsey
Baker, prosecuting, said: “When ambulance staff arrived, the suspect became
abusive. He grabbed one of the staff and tried to throw a punch at him. Another
paramedic tried to intervene and he again tried to throw a punch at
him.”

In a statement, paramedic Martin Stone said: “I felt the male was
going to assault me and was in fear of violence. It was completely unprovoked
while we were treating someone for a serious condition.”

In his
statement, Mr Stone said: “He (Lane) said to me, ‘If anything happens to him
you’re dead’. I was in fear for my safety and that of my colleagues.”

The
court heard on the day Lane had drunk two pints of lager, was in an agitated
state and was angry at the situation. Lane yesterday pleaded guilty to a charge
of obstructing or hindering an emergency worker.

Lane’s solicitor, Alan
Parsons, said his client had been providing accommodation to the 19-year-old, a
friend of his own 19-year-old son, for two and a half years after he fell out
with his family. Mr Parsons said: “He treated him like a second son.”

The
court heard the lad, who is suffering from depression, had not had his
medication for four days and tried to ‘catch up’ by taking four days worth in
one go.

Mr Parsons added: “One of the side effects was that this young

man collapsed on Mr Lane’s floor. He was unconscious. There was a delay in the
ambulance coming to the flat. Mr Lane was very distressed. He thought this young
man who was in his care was dead.”

Mr Parsons said the 19-year-old man
was successfully resuscitated by paramedics.

He added: “Mr Lane panicked.
He asked the paramedics why the ambulance took so long.

“He accepts he
obstructed their activity but the last thing he wanted was to hinder anything
which could stop them from saving this 19-year-old’s life. It was a regrettable
situation, but the young man has now made a full recovery.”

Sentencing
Lane to an 18-month conditional discharge, £100 compensation and an £85 fine,
Torbay magistrates said: “We understand the stress you were under on the day,
but public sector workers, especially paramedics deserve support not threats.
This was a very serious offence.”

The ambulance service spokesman said
paramedics arrived on the scene within four minutes.

She said: “Every
ambulance clinician should be able to fulfil their life-saving role without fear
of abuse or assault. As this case demonstrates there will be consequences for
people who believe it is acceptable to disrespect ambulance
personnel.”

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CYMBALTA & DESYREL: Murder: Man Kills Gas Station Attendant: MA

Paragraph one reads: “Steven Foster, the man accused of the brutal slaying of gas station attendant Hegazy Sayed, had prescriptions for at least two anti-depressant drugs leading up to Sunday night’s shooting.”

Paragraph four reads: “Aviles, who helps out in the rental/ management office of Bristol Lodging Sober House ­ a 15-unit rooming house at 68 Broadway where Foster had been living alone ­ was able to identify two of the meds as Cymbalta and Trazodone.”

“Both drugs are anti-depressants.”

http://www.tauntongazette.com/homepage/x1914256178/Murder-suspect-had-Rx-meds

Murder suspect had Rx meds
By Charles Winokoor, Staff Writer
GateHouse News Service
Posted Oct 31, 2009 @ 12:06 AM
Taunton ­

Steven Foster, the man accused of the brutal slaying of gas station attendant Hegazy Sayed, had prescriptions for at least two anti-depressant drugs leading up to Sunday night’s shooting.

Marlene Aviles said that when she cleaned out the single-room, efficiency apartment that Foster had rented the three weeks prior to the execution-style killing, she retrieved “six or seven” containers left on top of the refrigerator ­ all of them bearing Foster’s name and all nearly full of prescription pills.

Aviles, who helps out in the rental/ management office of Bristol Lodging Sober House ­ a 15-unit rooming house at 68 Broadway where Foster had been living alone ­ was able to identify two of the meds as Cymbalta and Trazodone.

Both drugs are anti-depressants.

Trazodone, in particular, is also used for sleeplessness and chronic pain.

Aviles also said that Foster had mentioned to her that he suffered from Guillain-Barré syndrome, a rare neurological disorder that affects the feet and legs and sometimes the arms and upper body.

A woman answering the front door Thursday at the Dighton house where Foster’s ex-girlfriend and young son reportedly both live refused to identify herself ­ but she did confirm that Foster had been prescribed anti-depressants and that he suffers from Guillain-Barré syndrome.

According to Taunton District Court records, an abuse protection order request on behalf of Christine Lima of Dighton was formally filed against Foster on Oct. 26, the day after the shooting ­ and also the day that he was charged with murder, armed robbery, intimidating a witness and possession of an illegal firearm, the latter of which police say was a stolen .22-caliber rifle.

The 10 p.m. shooting of Sayed, a 45-year-old Egyptian immigrant who is survived by a wife in Taunton and four children in Egypt, was especially abhorrent to many people for its sudden brutality.

Authorities allege that Foster, instead of walking into the gas station office and demanding money, pre-emptively opened fire through a glass door hitting Sayed once in the head.

He next walked in, pumped a second bullet into Sayed’s head while he lay on the floor and made off with $15, according to the Bristol County DA’s office.

Less than five minutes later Foster allegedly was captured on surveillance footage walking barefoot into a nearby CVS store and then exiting with a pair of slippers.

Authorities say he lost his shoes after the shooting when he ran into some woods to change his clothes.

Foster’s Guillain-Barré syndrome, which besides producing weakness and tingling in the feet and legs can in some cases leads to paralysis, could have contributed to a state of depression, said Dr. Harvey Reback, a Fall River-based internal medicine physician.

Reback, who likened the advanced effects of the disorder to those of polio, said that someone with an existing psychotic diagnosis, who feels better after taking an anti-depressant and then stops, can be courting disaster.

Upon hearing some of the details of the Sayed shooting case, Reback immediately drew an analogy to the brutal stabbing attack earlier this week on a female psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

“It’s my gut feeling that he may not have been taking his medicine,” he said of the MGH assault.

In the Boston incident the attacker was shot to death by an off-duty guard, but not before grievously injuring his vicitm.

“If someone is crazy to begin with and they’re not taking their medicine, they can go off the deep end,” Reback said.

Bristol County District Attorney’s Office spokesman Gregg Miliote, when asked to comment on the possibility that Foster was off his meds the night of the shooting, said that he had no information pertaining to the defendant’s use of prescription pills.

“I’m not aware of any mental health issues,” Miliote said.

Foster, who is being held without bail, is scheduled to appear for a probable cause hearing on Nov. 20.

Miliote said that although the DA’s office has a strong case, it could take as long as two years before the trial gets underway, not unusual when it comes to trials that can lead to very lengthy sentences.

“Look at the Elizabeth Smart case, they just started the trial,” he said, referring to the 14-year Utah girl who in 2002 was kidnapped by a husband and wife, and then allegedly raped repeatedly by her male captor until being rescued nine months later.

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