Man, 21, was ‘hearing voices’ during assault on staff in Bury St Edmunds

Bury St Edmunds Magistrates' Court

Bury St Edmunds Magistrates' Court

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A man, who scared a woman so much she locked herself in an office, had been hearing voices telling him ‘unpleasant things’, a court has heard.

Joshua Crick, 21, of Hospital Road, Bury St Edmunds, pleaded guilty to two assaults at Bury Magistrates’ Court on Monday.

The court heard that Crick suffered from psychosis and schizophrenia and had mixed his medication with alcohol on the day of the assaults.

Sally Rose, prosecuting, said Crick lived in sheltered accommodation for people with mental health issues, provided by Julian Support.

On January 26, a staff member heard him shouting in the car park outside the building and saw him swinging a baton.

She tried to calm him down but he returned and began stabbing a visitors’ book with a pen and hitting his head against a wall.

“Fearful for her safety, she locked herself in the office and a colleague called police,” said Mrs Rose.

Crick then confronted another staff member who thought Crick was going to head butt him.

Mrs Rose said Crick appeared ‘rather drunk’ and both staff members were worried he would hurt them.

In mitigation, Claire Lockwood said Crick had not caused the staff any physical injuries.

She said he suffered from psychosis and schizophrenia and had been hearing voices telling him ‘unpleasant things’ about another resident.

Though he had taken his medication, she said he had also drank vodka and the two ‘don’t go well together’.

Crick was given a two-year conditional discharge

Presiding magistrate Colin Reeve said: “I appreciate the problems you’ve got but alcohol and pills don’t mix - it does strange things to people and if you were to get in this mess again you could hurt someone.”