“ 'He was on anti-depressants and this may be due to a combination of drink and medication.”
The court heard Jackson was a man of previous good character and did not have any past convictions.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.
Terrington man jailed for threatening taxi driver
Published on Fri Jun 11 09:29:29 BST 2010
A TERRINGTON St Clement man who violently threatened a taxi driver with a knife was jailed for nine months yesterday.
Thomas Jackson (22), of 12, The Saltings, admitted affray at Norwich Crown Court and was ordered to pay taxi driver Kevin Allen £2,500 compensation.
The court heard how the defendant was drunk during the incident and became abusive towards Mr Allen after he was sick during a journey back to Terrington St Clement with his girlfriend at around 1.30am, on February 21.
Nick Methold, prosecuting, said: “He was told to get out and did so slamming the door. Mr Allen took Jackson’s girlfriend home. Jackson ran after the cab calling Mr Allen names and saying he would smash his face in.”
After the 22-year-old attempted to hit the taxi driver, which failed, he ripped out the vehicle’s mobile phone holder as well as smashing the phone, according to Mr Methold.
A rock was also thrown through the back window by the defendant after Mr Allen drove off, the court heard.
“Jackson then appeared with a large black handled knife and threatened Mr Allen with it but he managed to avoid it,” he added.
Jonathan Dunne, mitigating, said: “He cannot remember anything. This was out of order. He has a very supportive family and references speak well of him. His supervisor has nothing but praise for him.
“He was on anti-depressants and this may be due to a combination of drink and medication.”
The court heard Jackson was a man of previous good character and did not have any past convictions.
Recorder Guy Ayers said: “Because of your sheer level of violence and the production of a weapon I would be failing in my public duty if I did not send you to prison.
“This had a devastating affect on the taxi driver. This was totally and utterly unacceptable. You are usually a decent hard working young man but in drink you are abusive and objectionable