ANTIDEPRESSANT & ALCOHOL: Assault: Man Attacks Kidney Transplant Patient: UK

Paragraph nine reads: “Steve Collins, defending, said his client had
expressed “considerable remorse” and added: “He accepts it was completely out
of order. Alcohol played its part and, perhaps, anti-depressants.”

SSRI Stories Note: The Physicians Desk Reference states that
antidepressants can cause a craving for alcohol and can cause 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.newburytoday.co.uk/News/Article.aspx?articleID=13103

Man banned from Thatcham for attacking kidney transplant patient
Sun, April 25 2010

By John Garvey, Reporter
Email: newburytoday@newburynews.co.uk
Phone: 01635 564632

A MAN who savagely attacked a frail, Thatcham kidney transplant patient
has been handed a jail term and banned from the town.

Forty-one-year-old Anthony Coles battered his terrified girlfriend Donna
Morrison as she cowered in the bedroom of her Thatcham home, demanding
hundreds of pounds in cash and threatening to stab her pet dog, Newbury
magistrates heard.

But they suspended the prison sentence last Thursday, April 22, ruling
that Mr Coles would not get the help he needed in jail.

Lauren Murphy, prosecuting, said: “The victim, who was subsequently rated
as being a high risk domestic violence victim, is a petite lady who has
health problems and has had two kidney transplants.

“The pair had been in a six-year relationship and he had recently moved
into her home. One evening he came in and had been drinking. She made his tea
but he didn’t want any. He became insulting, saying she wasn’t really ill
and that he didn’t want to be in the relationship any more.

“He asked for £10, which she gave him and she went to bed at 7.30pm, not
wanting to have an argument.”

Mr Coles went out and, upon his return, the court heard, began making
increasing demands for cash until he wanted £500.

Miss Murphy went on: “When she said she wouldn’t be able to get the money
he knocked her to the floor, grabbed her hair and dragged her along the
bedroom floor saying that, if she didn’t get him the money he would take her
dog Barney to the woods and stab him.

“She was petrified and afraid that if she called out she would suffer
serious harm. She told him she would get his money and he warned that if she
called the police he would kill her sister and make her life a misery.”

Miss Morrison made a show of going to the Thatcham Co-Op with her bank
card but then called police, the court heard.

Miss Murphy said: “Officers found her tearful and trembling and she kept
repeating: ‘He is going to kill me.’ She showed officers a large clump of
hair that had ben torn out by being dragged. Mr Coles told officers that he
had just flipped.”

Mr Coles, who now lives in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, admitted assault
causing actual bodily harm on March 4 this year.

Steve Collins, defending, said his client had expressed “considerable
remorse” and added: “He accepts it was completely out of order. Alcohol played
its part and, perhaps, anti-depressants.

“He had no money because his money was paid into her bank account – hence,
he wanted money to get away.”

Mr Collins asked magistrates to read pre-sentence reports and alluded to
on-going problems his client had with regard to relationships, adding: “He
knows you may send him to prison today and he has no problem with that. But
one day he is going to have to address these problems and he won’t be able
to do that in jail.”

Magistrates imposed a four-month jail term, but agreed to suspend it for
two years and ordered Mr Coles to undertake a domestic violence programme.

He was also banned from entering Thatcham for two years and ordered to pay
Miss Morrison £100 compensation.

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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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ANTIDEPRESSANTS: Man Assaults his Mother: England

Paragraphs 9 & 10 read:  “Mr Roberts said Turton did have an issue with depression and was on medicationfor it, and mixing it with alcohol had a bad effect.”

“Chairman of the magistrates Keith Stokes-Smith said:  ‘It was an extremely vicious attack,’ and said he had  ‘breached the trust’  with his mother when she had genuinely been trying to help him.”

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.worcesternews.co.uk/news/local/4571114.Drunken_son_attacked_his_own_mum/

Drunken son attacked his own mum

4:00pm Friday 28th August 2009

By Claire Fry »

A DRUNK son who rained punches on his mother after she refused to give him his medication has been jailed by magistrates.

Jason Turton pinned his mother to a chair and punched her repeatedly after she had told him he could not take his medication for depression and schizophrenia as they would react badly with the alcohol.

Turton, of Hollymount Road, Tolladine, had been out drinking on Monday, August 24, from about 10.15am but when he got back at about 6pm the incident happened.

Matt Dodson, prosecuting, said the 23-year-old began shouting for his tablets before pinning her down in a seat and punched her in the face, demanding to know where the medication was hidden. When she managed to get away, she escaped to a neighbour’s house, and police arrived to find her face covered in blood.

In interview, Mr Dodson said Turton realised his mother had been trying to “look after his best interests” and his reaction had been very wrong.

Turton admitted the charge of actual bodily harm when he appeared before city magistrates.

In mitigation, Nick Roberts said Turton was sorry and upset at what had happened.

“He has realised the relationship between mother and son has broken down and that would be something he would have to come to terms with and deal with in due course,” he added.

Mr Roberts said Turton did have an issue with depression and was on medication for it, and mixing it with alcohol had a bad effect.

Chairman of the magistrates Keith Stokes-Smith said: “It was an extremely vicious attack,” and said he had “breached the trust” with his mother when she had genuinely been trying to help him.

He was sentenced to 26 weeks in custody.

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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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