Assault Antidepressants & Alcohol 2010-10-13 Canada Man Learns Combo of Antidepressants & Alcohol Causes Him To Be Aggressive

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Paragraph five reads:  "Viau has been taking antidepressants for a number of years now, MacMillan said, but has only recently learned that consuming the medication in combination with alcohol tends to make him aggressive."



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Man gets jail, probation for assault

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By BOB VAILLANCOURT THE SUDBURY STAR


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A 37-year-old St. Charles man who got into a drunken tussle with a 16-year-old, dislocating the teen's shoulder, will be spending the next few weekends in jail after pleading guilty to assault causing bodily harm.

Court was told Guy Viau spent much of the day Aug. 12 partying with a group of teens.

But when the teen made a comment about Viau's daughter, Viau became upset and attacked the victim, tossing him to the ground and dislocating his shoulder, court was told.

Actually, Viau and the victim were grappling and in their joint drunkenness, both fell to the ground, said Viau's lawyer, Claude MacMillan. Everyone in the group was "grossly intoxicated," he said.

Viau has been taking antidepressants for a number of years now, MacMillan said, but has only recently learned that consuming the medication in combination with alcohol tends to make him aggressive.

Since the incident, Viau has not had a drink, MacMillan said.

Ontario Court Justice Guy Mahaffy rejected a defence request for probation for Viau, saying he had two previous convictions for assault. In addition, this was a serious injury.

In a victim impact statement, the teen said he is still receiving treatment for the shoulder and can no longer play hockey as a result.

Not being able to play hockey "is devastating to a 16-year-old," Justice Mahaffy said. "I'm obliged to impose a jail term here."

The judge gave Viau 60 days in jail, but allowed him to serve it on weekends. That will be followed by probation for 18 months.

bvaillancourt@thesudburystar.com