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.

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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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DEPRESSION MED: Assault: England

Paragraph four reads: “Michael Clare, defending, said Roberts was sorry
for what had happened, that he suffered from depression, was on medication
and could not remember anything when he drank alcohol.”

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.dissexpress.co.uk/news/Diss-pub-attacker-escapes-jail.6233505.jp

Diss pub attacker escapes jail term
Published Date: 16 April 2010

By Unknown

A 24-year-old Diss man has been given a suspended prison sentence and
ordered to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work following an assault at a pub.

At a hearing at Norwich Crown Court on Wednesday, Paul Roberts, of Paine
Close, admitted assaulting 18-year-old William Webster – knocking out two of
his front teeth at The Crown pub, St Nicholas Street, in the early hours
of Christmas Day last year.

The court was told that Roberts had been given a community order for
affray in October last year, following an incident at The Greyhound pub, in
which the victim suffered a deep cut on his nose.

Michael Clare, defending, said Roberts was sorry for what had happened,
that he suffered from depression, was on medication and could not remember
anything when he drank alcohol.

Malcolm Robins, prosecuting, said Roberts and Mr Webster knew each other
and Mr Webster accepted he may have said something which could have upset
Roberts, who then elbowed him in his mouth.

But he said Mr Webster did not retaliate and other people in the pub were
trying to calm Roberts down.

Roberts was given a 30-week prison sentence, suspended for two years and a
one-year supervision order, under which he must attend an anger management
programme for up to six months.

Roberts was also ordered to do 100 hours of unpaid work for the community
and pay £1,000 compensation to Mr Webster.

Judge Alasdair Darroch told Roberts: “I think the public will be better
protected if you go on a course rather than me sending you to prison.”

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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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ANTIDEPRESSANTS: Stealing: Woman: England

Paragraph 11 reads:  “He added,  ‘She was going through a lot of difficulties in her personal life at this time.
She was the victim of domestic violence and was on fairly strong anti-depressants’.

http://www.eastbourneherald.co.uk/news/Woman-could-face-jail-after.5525458.jp

Woman could face jail after petrol pay fraud

Published Date: 05 August 2009
A 25-YEAR-OLD woman who breached a suspended prison sentence by claiming she couldn’t pay for petrol and then leaving false details at the Langney filling station will be sent to the crown court.
Joanna Marie Hunt appeared before the town’s magistrates court on Friday morning (July 31) and admitted two counts of fraud by false representation.
The court heard Hunt had been to the Esso petrol station, Langney Rise, on May 15 and 18 and filled her vehicle with £20 worth of petrol on both occasions.
She then claimed she was unable to pay and had to fill out a form stating she would return with the money within 24 hours.
On both occasions she gave a false address, number plate and mobile number on the form and on the second occasion she also put a false name.
When Hunt didn’t return to pay for the fuel the manager viewed the CCTV footage of the garage forecourt, took down her vehicle registration plate and phoned the police.
Hunt was later arrested in her vehicle, near Southend.
Prosecutor Heather Salvage told magistrates Hunt had since been back to the Esso station and paid back the money owed.
This offence put Hunt in breach of a three-month prison sentence which was suspended for 18 months and imposed on January 24, 2008.
In mitigation, Christos Christou said Hunt was at the very end of her suspended sentence.
He added, “She was going through a lot of difficulties in her personal life at this time.
“She was the victim of domestic violence and was on fairly strong anti-depressants.”
Magistrates ordered Hunt to be sentenced at the crown court and she will appear on a date to be fixed.
She was granted unconditional bail.

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