18 months for man who drove van into police HQ — (Edinburgh News)

SSRI Ed note: Man under the influence of paroxetine (Seroxat) drives camper throughnwindow of police headquarters causing significant damage. Gets 18 months.

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Edinburgh News

Wednesday 05 March 2003

[Mr Stein contacted SSRIStories in 2020 and noted that: “It [the effects of the citalopram] actually got worse when in prison when they double dosed me then went to zero. That was the worst hell I have went through and I contemplated killing prison officers and took some hostage in transit to take me to a psychiatric hospital for help.”  “Whilst in prison I ended up taking (smoking heroin). I have used cannabis, then cocaine for years. I have been on crack for a while and nothing comes near to the withdrawal symptoms of the SSRI’s. The withdrawals lasts for weeks.”]

A 36-YEAR-OLD man who drove his camper van through the glass entrance of Lothian and Borders Police headquarters has been jailed for 18 months.

Raymond Stein, of 39 Parkgrove Crescent, Edinburgh, appeared in the city’s Sheriff Court on December 2 when he pleaded guilty to driving his Volkswagen Caravelle van “in a culpable and reckless manner”.

The charge added that the van continued through the glass frontage of the building into the reception area, “all to the danger of life and damage to the property”. The damage caused by the incident, which took place on February 7 last year, cost thousands of pounds to repair.

Sentence had been deferred on Stein for a number of reports, including a psychiatric report.

Defence agent Euan Robertson told Sheriff Andrew Bell yesterday that Stein had a record of psychiatric problems and was on medication for depression.

“He is a man who likes to go out drinking alcohol,” he said,” and Your Lordship will be well aware of the link between drinking alcohol and depression.”

Sheriff Bell said he accepted that Stein was suffering from a depressive illness at the time of the offence, but he added it was a very serious matter and only a custodial sentence was appropriate.

He jailed Stein for 18 months and added that because he had placed two security guards in danger, he would make a supervised release order of nine months to protect the public.