Paragraph 10 reads: “At the time Todd was suffering
anxiety and depression and could have suffered a blackout.”
Paragraph 13 reads: “She said the incident had a huge impact on
her client’s marriage, his wife was left shaken and Todd had consumed alcohol while on medication and with an
empty stomach that night.
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
Pilot strikes below the belt
Apr, 2010 04:00 AM
A LONG-TIME RAAF officer has piloted his way into
trouble after grabbing another man’s testicles at the Port Fairy Folk Festival.
Jeff Todd, 51, of Ramsey Court, Lowood, pleaded guilty in the
Warrnambool Magistrates Court this week to unlawful assault.
He was not
convicted and fined $1000.
The court was told that on March 7 this year
Todd was at the festival between 6.30pm and 7.30pm when he became involved in a
verbal incident in a bar with a man not known to him.
Todd bumped into the
man several times in a bar and was asked to move away before the victim
requested security personnel to assist.
Todd moved away a few paces,
made some derogatory comments, then came up behind the victim and grabbed his
testicles with significant force.
“You’ve got no balls, mate,” Todd told
the victim and there was a short struggle before he released the victim’s
Todd was kicked out of the venue and told not to come back.
He told police during an interview he had drunk a bottle of wine and had
little recollection of the incident.
At the time Todd was suffering
anxiety and depression and could have suffered a blackout.
suffered pain for about 12 hours and Todd wrote a letter of apology which was
passed on through police.
Defence counsel Danielle Svede said Todd had
no prior convictions, glowing references and had not drunk alcohol since the
She said the incident had a huge impact on her client’s
marriage, his wife was left shaken and Todd had consumed alcohol while on
medication and with an empty stomach that night.
Ms Svede said her client
was on 12 months leave from the air force, had undertaken anger management and
knew his behaviour was inappropriate.
Magistrate Jonathan Klestadt said
there should be no doubt in anyone’s mind that the defendant’s actions were
He said the folk festival was not a place to be confronted by
drunken, boorish behaviour and assaulted.