Man Stabs a For Sale Sign: Felt As Though He Was Having a Breakdown

Paragraphs five through seven read:  "Robert Jacques, defending, said Ridd had had a kidney transplant in 2008 but the kidney was damaged and caused more health problems."

"e said it made him acutely depressed and he had been on anti-depressants.

On the day of the offences, Mr Jacques said: “All he can say is that he felt he was having some kind of breakdown.”

Paragraph 10 reads:  "Since the incident, he has spoken to his GP, had his medication altered slightly and been referred for alcohol treatment."

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Did kidney op spark man’s knife rage?

November 24, 2010

A Woodley man took a claw hammer and a knife with a six-inch blade out into the street and stabbed at a For Sale sign, a court has heard.

Carl Ridd, 39, admitted two counts of carrying offensive weapons on Monday, August 23, this year, in Crockhamwell Road in Woodley.

Claudine Bailey, prosecuting, told Reading magistrates on Tuesday, November 16, how Ridd was seen by several members of the public as he walked along, stopping to stab the For Sale sign with his knife.

When approached by police he dropped the knife and hammer immediately.

Robert Jacques, defending, said Ridd had had a kidney transplant in 2008 but the kidney was damaged and caused more health problems.

He said it made him acutely depressed and he had been on anti-depressants.

On the day of the offences, Mr Jacques said: “All he can say is that he felt he was having some kind of breakdown.”

He said Ridd did not approach anybody with the weapons and dropped them as soon as he was approached by the police officers.

“He didn’t square up to the police or threaten the police in any way,” he added.

Since the incident, he has spoken to his GP, had his medication altered slightly and been referred for alcohol treatment.

Magistrates asked for reports and Ridd, of South Lake Crescent, was given unconditional bail to return to court on Tuesday, December 7.