Medication blamed for man’s violent attack on partner

Crime story
Crime story

A MAN hit out at his partner because his anti-depressants made him do “strange things”, a court has heard.

Stuart Raikes, of Glover Street, Leigh, pleaded guilty to assaulting his girlfriend, Karen Turner, when he appeared at Wigan Magistrates’ Court.

Katie Beattie, prosecuting, said that on the morning of January 14, Miss Turner woke up and Raikes punched her in the face.

She informed the police and in his interview the 44-year-old said he could not remember it, believing it could have been his medication.

Mrs Beattie said: “Raikes said he had taken anti-depressants and had just woken up. He didn’t know what had taken place and had no idea about the injuries unless the tablets had made him do strange things. He could not remember it and said he is not the kind of person to do that.”

During the incident, Miss Turner had sustained a swelling to the right cheek, a bruise to her lower lip, a red mark on her nose and her left eyelid was red and swollen.

Recounting the incident, Mrs Beattie said: “The victim woke up at 5am and was aware of a tension at the back of her head as if someone had pulled her hair.

“Then she saw a fist punch her in the face. She was crying but tried not to scream because she didn’t want to wake up her baby.

“Her face was tender where she was punched and she had several marks on her face. She said: ‘I didn’t understand why he would do this to me, as I had not done anything.’”

Raikes then went downstairs and after half an hour, she plucked up the courage to follow him.

He ignored her and a few hours later she wanted to go into town with her baby, but she could not find her keys.

Raikes had left the house, and Miss Turner believed he had stolen them on purpose.

He arrived back at lunchtime and she left the house, going to a nearby children’s centre to tell staff what had happened to her.

Melissa Fagan, defending, said that the couple hope to reconcile as Miss Turner had written a letter to say she did not want an injunction against him.

Raikes, who has no previous convictions, was given a community order, with 100 hours’ unpaid work and a supervision order for 12 months. He was also ordered to pay £85 court costs and a £60 victim surcharge.