Mentally ill man threw chair across pub

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A MENTALLY ill man threw a chair across a pub, striking a drinker on the forehead, after failing to take his medication.

Michael Pickles was sentenced to a curfew and unpaid work yesterday at Bolton Crown Court.

Adam Lodge, prosecuting, told how Laurence Giles was enjoying an evening in Yates bar on Bradshawgate with a friend in January.

Pickles, aged 38, of Ivanhoe Street, Bolton, was sat at a nearby table. Then at 8pm Pickles stood up and, without warning, threw the chair across the room, hitting Mr Giles on the forehead before stating “that’s for two years ago”

before running out of the pub.

Mr Giles needed hospital treatment to glue a six centimetre and one centimetre cut and the court was told since then he has suffered migraines.

Peter Cunliffe, defending, said Pickles, who pleaded guilty to assault causing actual bodily harm, suffered from a mental illness and had been trying to manage without his medication.

“He thought people were talking about him and he had to get out of the bar. He was not aiming at anyone in particular,” he said, adding that since the incident Pickles has stayed indoors.

Judge Elliot Knopf sentenced Pickles to do 80 hours unpaid work and be subject to an electronically tagged curfew from 8pm to 6am for five months.

“Clearly what happened to this man was an appalling act on your part,” he added

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8:59pm Sat 17 Nov 12

steveG says...

These people with such disorders need to be kept in asylums until they are no longer a danger to society.
The safety of the public should be paramount.
Unfortunately the asylums no longer exist in the quantity required as they were erroneously closed at the end of the last century.
These people with such disorders need to be kept in asylums until they are no longer a danger to society. The safety of the public should be paramount. Unfortunately the asylums no longer exist in the quantity required as they were erroneously closed at the end of the last century. steveG
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10:12pm Sat 17 Nov 12

dressit says...

These people with such disorders need to be kept in asylums until they are no longer a danger to society.
The safety of the public should be paramount.
Unfortunately the asylums no longer exist in the quantity required as they were erroneously closed at the end of the last century.

Asylums locked up girls who became pregnant before marriage, people who thought outside the box, people who were different or lived a different way of life in other words people who did not conform to what the great and good of this bloody country expected. Thank god asylums no longer exist...........peop
le like you should work with the mentally ill so you get an idea of what it is all about..........a mental illness is what a mother suffers after the birth of a child...should we lock her up, or a man suffers after the loss of his wife, should he be locked up as well? if there is a fault its that there is too much money spent on stupid things and not enough spent on helping people with MH problems..........cr
awl back into your perfect world steveG..............
you haven't got a clue about Mental Health issues or asylums.............
These people with such disorders need to be kept in asylums until they are no longer a danger to society. The safety of the public should be paramount. Unfortunately the asylums no longer exist in the quantity required as they were erroneously closed at the end of the last century. Asylums locked up girls who became pregnant before marriage, people who thought outside the box, people who were different or lived a different way of life in other words people who did not conform to what the great and good of this bloody country expected. Thank god asylums no longer exist...........peop le like you should work with the mentally ill so you get an idea of what it is all about..........a mental illness is what a mother suffers after the birth of a child...should we lock her up, or a man suffers after the loss of his wife, should he be locked up as well? if there is a fault its that there is too much money spent on stupid things and not enough spent on helping people with MH problems..........cr awl back into your perfect world steveG.............. you haven't got a clue about Mental Health issues or asylums............. dressit
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10:46pm Sat 17 Nov 12

steveG says...

I'm more concerned with the victims of assaults rather than the perpetrators of violent crimes who are increasingly people who need secure confinement which asylums provided.
I wouldn't mind if the name was changed perhaps to nut house or to suit the politically correct how about rehabilitation unit.
There are too many people making money out of mental health and victims of lunatics need a voice too.
I'm more concerned with the victims of assaults rather than the perpetrators of violent crimes who are increasingly people who need secure confinement which asylums provided. I wouldn't mind if the name was changed perhaps to nut house or to suit the politically correct how about rehabilitation unit. There are too many people making money out of mental health and victims of lunatics need a voice too. steveG
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10:12am Sun 18 Nov 12

dressit says...

I see, do you work with people who have been victims of assaults by people with MH problems??
What these people need is proper supervision, understanding, and help with medication, not locking up is some Victorian asylum. If the asylums were still about I bet you'd be there every Sunday paying your shilling to gawp at the inmates. How many acts of violence are perpetrated by people with a mental illness compared to acts of violence by drunken louts?
God forbid you are any of your family become Mentally ill, you really haven't got a clue. Like I said try doing some voluntary work with these people then air your knowledge.
I see, do you work with people who have been victims of assaults by people with MH problems?? What these people need is proper supervision, understanding, and help with medication, not locking up is some Victorian asylum. If the asylums were still about I bet you'd be there every Sunday paying your shilling to gawp at the inmates. How many acts of violence are perpetrated by people with a mental illness compared to acts of violence by drunken louts? God forbid you are any of your family become Mentally ill, you really haven't got a clue. Like I said try doing some voluntary work with these people then air your knowledge. dressit
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5:18pm Sun 18 Nov 12

I, Ludicrous says...

Either way, they shouldn't be popped-up in Yates's and lobbing chairs at the heads of others now, should they?!
Either way, they shouldn't be popped-up in Yates's and lobbing chairs at the heads of others now, should they?! I, Ludicrous
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