Medication change ‘made attacker see red’

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A CHANGE of medication caused a Boston woman to ‘see red’ and commit assault, a court was told.

Anna Hoyles, of Craythorne Lane, claimed the medicine she usually takes for anger management issues had been reduced while she had been taking other medication, and it had left her unable to control her emotions when she got into a situation when she was annoyed, her solicitor said.

The 27-year-old admitted assault by beating when she appeared at Boston Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.

Marie Stace, prosecuting, said Hoyles approached Rebecca Starbuck outside the Addaction office on Horncastle Road, and following an angry exchange of words, she then grabbed her hair, pulled her to the ground and punched her.

Mitigating, Phillipa Chatterton said Hoyles had been annoyed at Miss Starbuck because of issues involving a mutual friend.

Miss Chatterton added that the medication which controls her anger had been altered because she was also taking medication for a severe wrist injury. Doctors had altered the dosage as they were concerned the combination would otherwise make her drowsy. She added: “It had an effect and clearly it didn’t help on this occasion. It failed to control her anger.

Magistrates gave her a conditional discharge, and ordered her to pay £85 court costs and £50 compensation to Miss Starbuck.