ANTIDEPRESSANTS & ALCOHOL: Murder Attempt: Man Stabs Police Officer: Malta

Paragraph seven reads: “Supt Martin Sammut, who was an inspector at the
time, testified that in his statement to the police, Mr Attard acknowledged
stabbing the officer and expressed regret. Mr Attard also said that he was
drunk – even though he was not supposed to drink because he was on
anti-depressants – and that he had no intention of hurting the constable. At the
time, Mr Attard said that he was very nervous, as his underage daughter was
pregnant.”

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

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by John Paul Cordina – editorial@di-ve.com

Court — 19 April 2010 — 12:45CEST

A man charged with the attempted murder of a policeman told police that he
was drunk and on medication when the incident occurred, and did not intend
to hurt the officer, a jury heard on Monday.

Kevin Attard, a 39-year-old Kalkara resident, started undergoing trial by
jury after being charged with the attempted murder of PC Jonathan Farrugia
in the small hours of April 26, 2003, at the St Julians police station.

According to the prosecution, Mr Attard reacted violently when he was
refused entry at the Fuego nightclub in Paceville at around 0320h. Security
guards called the police for assistance, but Mr Attard punched PC Andrew St
John when he intervened, leading to his arrest.

He was taken to the police station, where PC Farrugia was on his own since
his colleagues were out on assignment.

Mr Attard asked for permission to smoke, permission that was granted on
condition that he remained at the station, but he nevertheless attempted to
leave twice. On the second attempt, PC Farrugia ordered Mr Attard to get
back inside, leading to an altercation in which the accused brought out a
3-inch pen knife and stabbed the police officer in the belly.

Two police officers entered the station soon after, and apprehended Mr
Attard. Mr Farrugia was taken to St Luke’s Hospital, where his injury was
certified not to be life-threatening, and was released on the following day.

Supt Martin Sammut, who was an inspector at the time, testified that in
his statement to the police, Mr Attard acknowledged stabbing the officer and
expressed regret. Mr Attard also said that he was drunk – even though he
was not supposed to drink because he was on anti-depressants – and that he
had no intention of hurting the constable. At the time, Mr Attard said that
he was very nervous, as his underage daughter was pregnant.

The accused insisted that PC Farrugia was not alone in the station at the
time, and said that he had just purchased the knife in his home town.

Mr Farrugia testified that when the accused arrived at the station, he
appeared calm, but suddenly attacked him. He said that he was not aware that
he had been stabbed, and thought the accused had grabbed a set of keys and
punched him.

He said that he started shouting for help, and a police officer soon
arrived to help him escort Mr Attard to the station cell. It was this police
officer who informed him that he had been attacked with a knife, the constable
said in Court.

Mr Attard was also charged with slightly injuring PC St John, damaging PC
Farrugia’s uniform, the unlawful possession of a knife and with assaulting
police officers with the aim of preventing them from carrying out their
duty.

The uniform and the knife were presented as evidence to the jury, as was a
blood-stained shirt.

Lawyer Lara Lanfranco is prosecuting on behalf of the Attorney General’s
Office, while lawyers José Herrera and Veronique Dalli are representing Mr
Attard.

The trial is being presided over by Judge Joseph Galea Debono.

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ANTIDEPRESSANTS: Murder Attempt: Man Took 6 Time Prescribed Dose: Canada

NOTE FROM Ann Blake-Tracy (_www.drugawareness.org_ (http://www.drugawareness.org)
):

This reminds me of a case I had in Florida years ago where a young man was
staying with friends and had been a little “down” lately. He remembered
that the wife in the family had a bottle of Zoloft she had placed on top of
the fridge instead of taking it because she did not like how it made her
feel. He knew it was for depression and thought it might make him feel better
so he took one.

After a little while he did not feel any difference so he took another, and
another, and another until he had taken six pills. After that he cannot
remember anything about what happened. All he knows is what others told him
he did which was he started drinking and then stabbed a stranger over 100
times with a screwdriver killing him. He is now spending the rest of his life
in prison.
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Paragraph two reads: “Adrien John Lepage, 55, had told the court he
robbed and kidnapped the young woman in the hope police would kill him and put
him out of his misery. He wasn’t thinking straight and didn’t mean to hurt
anyone, he said.”

Paragraph seven reads: “Lepage testified last Friday that he suffers from
depression and that on the morning of Nov. 30, he took six times his
prescribed dose of anti-depressant medication.”

_http://www.cbc.ca/canada/new-brunswick/story/2010/04/15/nb-attempted-murder
-verdict.html_
(http://www.cbc.ca/canada/new-brunswick/story/2010/04/15/nb-attempted-murder-verdict.html)

N.B. kidnapper found guilty of attempted murder

Last Updated: Thursday, April 15, 2010 | 3:50 PM AT

CBC News

Adrien John Lepage is escorted by police on Dec. 1, 2009. (CBC)

A Saint John man has been found guilty of attempted murder in connection
with the kidnapping of a bartender who was abandoned in a remote gravel pit
with a plastic bag taped around her head.

Adrien John Lepage, 55, had told the court he robbed and kidnapped the
young woman in the hope police would kill him and put him out of his misery.
He wasn’t thinking straight and didn’t mean to hurt anyone, he said.

Hampton provincial court Judge Henrik Tonning wasn’t convinced. He said no
matter how hard he looked for reasonable doubt, he could not find any.

Lepage, who was taking notes in the prisoner’s box throughout Thursday’s
proceedings, showed no reaction to the guilty verdict.

He will be sentenced on May 27 on the attempted murder charge, to which he
had pleaded not guilty. He will also be sentenced on charges of unlawful
confinement and theft, to which he had pleaded guilty.

The judge ordered a pre-sentence report and victim impact statement.

Left for dead

Lepage testified last Friday that he suffers from depression and that on
the morning of Nov. 30, he took six times his prescribed dose of
anti-depressant medication.

He also said he had been having problems with his girlfriend that day,
before he walked into the Barnwood Pub in Quispamsis, in southern New
Brunswick.

The bartender had testified that Lepage ordered food and drinks before
approaching her at the bar and telling her he would blow her head off if she
didn’t give him the money in the cash register.

He told her to carry the $400 outside, away from the pub’s security
cameras, she said. Then he threw her into his van and drove 55 kilometres to a
gravel pit near Lepreau. He said: “Have a nice life,” then drove away, she
told the court.

The woman, who had no coat, was soaking wet and covered in mud, with her
arms and legs bound with duct tape. She managed to free herself and walk to
Highway 1, where two drivers pulled over to help her.

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ANTIDEPRESSANT: Murder Attempt: Woman Attempts to Kill her Mother: Aus…

Paragraph eleven reads:  “Maria Christine Clark had a
history of suffering from mild depression and was taking
medication, the summary said.”

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Daughter guilty of attempted murder

20/10/2009
10:02:00 PM

A BALLARAT woman has admitted to trying to kill her elderly

mother at a nursing home by stopping her from breathing.

Maria Christine
Clark, 51, yesterday pleaded guilty in Ballarat Magistrates Court to one count
of attempted murder.

Her 81-year-old mother, Agnes Caris, died at
Nazareth House on the evening of December 14 last year.

The charge
carries a maximum penalty of 25 years’ imprisonment.

The prosecution
withdrew a charge of murder against Clark during yesterday’s brief court
hearing, which was set down for a three-day committal hearing.

A police
summary tendered to the court says Clark was alone with her mother in her room
when she tilted her head and pinched her wind pipe with her right thumb and
index finger until she stopped breathing.

Mrs Caris died at 11.10pm.

The next day, Clark confessed to a work colleague that she had taken her
mother‘s last breaths, the summary says.

Clark was then interviewed by
police where she recounted the incident.

The summary says Mrs Caris had
a stroke and lapsed into a coma just days before she died.

Family
members were told death was expected. She also suffered from cancer.

Clark had a history of suffering from mild depression and was taking
medication, the summary said.

Family surrounded Clark in court, however
a male left the court room abruptly moments before the case was called while a
female left crying during the hearing.

Clark sat silent in the front row
of the public gallery until Magistrate Richard Pithouse asked her for her plea,

to which she replied “guilty”.

Mr Pithouse extended Clark’s bail on
her own undertaking, which does not include reporting to police. She will face a
directions hearing in Melbourne on November 4.

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ANTIDEPRESSANT: Murder Attempt: Architect Tries to Smother Wife: England

Last paragraph reads:  “The court heard that he had told
police officers that
he was on medication for
depression and had been drinking.”

“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.

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Architect attempted to smother his wife, court told

21 October, 2009

By Anna Winston

An architect has
been accused of attempting to smother his wife after she asked for a
divorce.

Clive Wille of Croydon based practice PCL, held his wife down on
their bed at the couple’s home in south London and attempted to smother her with
a pillow, jurors at the Old Bailey were told on Monday.

The prosecution
told the jury that Wille had been calm when he came home but became angry and
threatening when his wife told him she wanted a divorce.

Wille has denied
attempted murder but accepted a charge of threats to kill.

The court
heard that he had told police officers that he was on medication for depression
and had been drinking.

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ANTIDEPRESSANT: Murder Attempt: Man Given 6 Years in Prison: Illinois

Paragraphs 13 & 14 read:  “Hrehorowicz’s attorney, Urszula Czuba-Kaminski, asked for the minimum sentence, saying Hrehorowicz was never violent before last year’s incident and isn’t likely to be again.”

“She also blamed depression, medication and the stress of a divorce for Hrehorowicz’s actions.”

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North Aurora man gets six years in prison in attempted murder

By KATE THAYER – kthayer@kcchronicle.com

ST. CHARLES – “Unchecked emotions” resulted in a prison sentence for a North Aurora man who tried to kill his wife, a judge ruled Wednesday.

Circuit Judge Timothy Sheldon sentenced Dariusz Hrehorowicz, 38, to six years in prison for attempted first-degree murder and aggravated unlawful restraint charges. Hrehorowicz was convicted in June after a jury trial.

Prosecutors said Hrehorowicz attacked his wife in January 2008 – about two weeks after she filed for divorce. In the attack, he placed a plastic bag over her head before she was able to get away and run to a neighbor’s home.

Sheldon remarked on the “high emotions of divorce court” spilling into felony court before sentencing Hrehorowicz to six years in prison.

“There are high consequences for these unchecked emotions,” he said.

Sentencing laws required that Sheldon sentence Hrehorowicz to between six to 30 years in prison for attempted first-degree murder.

Sheldon said he considered Hrehorowicz’s two young daughters and his lack of criminal history when he handed down the minimum sentence.

He also ordered Hrehorowicz pay for costs the county incurred hiring a Polish translator.

Through that translator, Hrehorowicz told Sheldon he was sorry for his actions.

“I feel my wife could have been a little frightened because I argued with her and I feel very sorry about that,” the translator said in court Wednesday.

Assistant State’s Attorney David Belshan asked Sheldon to sentence Hrehorowicz to nine years in prison to deter others from committing a similar crime and because Hrehorowicz lacked remorse in his written statement to Sheldon.

“He is not remorseful … in fact he blames [his wife],” Belshan said, adding that Hrehorowicz also blames prosecutors for his conviction and has “great disdain” for his estranged wife.

Hrehorowicz’s attorney, Urszula Czuba-Kaminski, asked for the minimum sentence, saying Hrehorowicz was never violent before last year’s incident and isn’t likely to be again.

She also blamed depression, medication and the stress of a divorce for Hrehorowicz’s actions.

Hrehorowicz’s wife did not speak in court and declined to comment after the hearing. She submitted a victim impact statement to Sheldon before the sentencing.

Hrehorowicz likely will be eligible for parole in about 3 1/2 years because of sentencing laws and time he served in jail since his arrest.

June’s jury trial was the third attempt after two mistrials. In the first, a jury could not reach a decision after a day of deliberating. The second mistrial was declared after Hrehorowicz’s wife – the first witness to testify at trial – fainted as she took the stand

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