ANTIDEPRESSANTS: Assault in Nightclub: England

Last three paragraphs read:  “The victim was hostile to my client inside the nightclub, but he knows that he should have walked away.”

“‘My client is on anti-depressants‘.”

“Warning 40-year-old Belcher that  ‘anti-depressants and alcohol do not mix,‘  magistrates imposed a weekend curfew order for six months and ordered the defendant to pay £35 towards prosecution costs.”

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.thisisgloucestershire.co.uk/gloucestershireheadlines/Street-brawl-clubber-court/article-1290414-detail/article.html

Street brawl clubber in court

Friday, August 28, 2009, 07:03

AN UGLY street brawl in the early hours of the morning in Stroud was captured on CCTV.

Two men were filmed rolling about on the ground outside a Stroud nightclub at 2.30am while a distraught woman tried to break them up.

The CCTV footage was shown to city magistrates this week.

Adam Belcher, of Bisley Old Road, Slad, pleaded guilty to assault when he appeared at the court on Wednesday.

The incident occurred outside 13 nightclub in Nelson Street on July 25.

Prosecuting solicitor Sharon Jomaa said: “The defendant can be clearly seen assaulting an unknown male, while his partner is trying to intervene.

“Both men start to grapple and fall to the ground fighting until the police arrive and the defendant is arrested.”

Defending solicitor Matthew Harbison said: “This a prosecution for assault without a complainant as the other man has refused to complain.

“There was a disturbance earlier that night inside the club and it spilled outside.

“The victim was hostile to my client inside the nightclub, but he knows that he should have walked away.

“My client is on anti-depressants.”

Warning 40-year-old Belcher that “anti-depressants and alcohol do not mix,” magistrates imposed a weekend curfew order for six months and ordered the defendant to pay £35 towards prosecution costs.

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ANTIDEPRESSANTS: Woman Stabs Boyfriend 11 Times: Spain

Second paragraph reads:  “A woman who stabbed her boyfriend after his repeated insulting remarks about her weight at a family dinner has been sentenced to two years in prison for the attack. The ruling took into account that she was emotionally disturbed by his comments and also that she stabbed him after mixing alcohol with anti-depressants.

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.typicallyspanish.com/news/publish/article_22874.shtml

Typically Spanish – Spain News : National

Spanish woman gets 2 years for stabbing the boyfriend who called her fat

By m.p. – Aug 31, 2009 – 2:29 PM

He made the comments publically at a family dinner in a local restaurant

A woman who stabbed her boyfriend after his repeated insulting remarks about her weight at a family dinner has been sentenced to two years in prison for the attack. The ruling took into account that she was emotionally disturbed by his comments and also that she stabbed him after mixing alcohol with anti-depressants.

It happened last year after the dinner in a local restaurant in Abrera, Barcelona province, where the victim is said to have publically told his girlfriend that she was too fat to run, and should stop eating as she was so fat and would have to find another man.

He is reported to have refused to discuss his comments once they returned home.

After taking some of the anti-depressants prescribed by her doctor and drinking two cans of beer, the accused attacked her boyfriend with a kitchen knife as he lay lying in his bed, inflicting a total of 11 stab wounds. EFE reports that she stopped when she realised what she was doing, insisting on taking him to hospital and calling the police.

The court gave her the minimum sentence, ruling that she was affected by the mix of drugs and alcohol and by her humiliating experience in the restaurant. They also found that she has low self-esteem and limited intelligence.

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DEPRESSION MED: Violence: Man Beats Up Frail Neighbor: England

Fourth paragraph from the end reads: “Rod Hunt, in mitigation, said his client had been mixing alcohol with anti-depressant tablets, which had made him turn violent.”

Paragraphs four & five read: “In a letter to the court, Mr Hodgson described Summersgill as a decent man and said the brutal assault was out-of-character.”

“The pair were friends at the time, and Summersgill and his partner, Heather Barnett, acted as carers for their neighbour.”

Paragraphs seven & eight read: “Paul Newcombe, prosecuting, said that without warning, Summersgill turned to his housebound friend and said he would kill him.”

“He then grabbed him by the throat and squeezed tightly as he pushed him onto a bed in his front room.”

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.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/4515923.Man_jailed_for_threats_to_kill_frail_neighbour/

Man jailed for threats to kill frail neighbour
1:06pm Tuesday 28th July 2009

By Neil Hunter »

A DRUNK who throttled a wheelchair- bound neighbour after threatening to kill him was yesterday jailed for four years.

Paul Summersgill left the frail pensioner on the floor of his home and stole his mobile phone and spectacles before fleeing.

Teesside Crown Court heard that Bernard Hodgson, 65, blacked out during the attack, which left him covered in wounds and bruises.

In a letter to the court, Mr Hodgson described Summersgill as a decent man and said the brutal assault was out-of-character.

The pair were friends at the time, and Summersgill and his partner, Heather Barnett, acted as carers for their neighbour.

On the day of the attack, April 9, Summersgill had been at Mr Hodgson’s home watching television and drinking his beer.

Paul Newcombe, prosecuting, said that without warning, Summersgill turned to his housebound friend and said he would kill him.

He then grabbed him by the throat and squeezed tightly as he pushed him onto a bed in his front room.

On the brink of consciousness, Mr Hodgson then had his face pushed into a pillow.

Summersgill then loosened his grip and took the phone and glasses.

After a short time, Summersgill threw a chair at Mr Hodgson, knocking him to the floor.

Mr Newcombe said: “He then straddled him, using his knees on the victim’s shoulders to pin him to the floor. He again put his hands around the victim’s throat, strangling him and striking him repeatedly across the face.”

Rod Hunt, in mitigation, said his client had been mixing alcohol with anti-depressant tablets, which had made him turn violent.

Summersgill, 34, of The Bungalows, Grangetown, Middlesbrough, admitted wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

The court heard that last year he throttled his girlfriend, now pregnant, until she lost consciousness.

Judge Tony Briggs, who described Mr Hodgson’s supportive letter as “unusual and extremely generous”, said: “It was a nasty, vicious attack and custody is inevitable.”

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