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Schizophrenic Vidal Peak attacked girlfriend after drinking and not taking medication

By East Lindsey Target  |  Posted: April 19, 2014

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A MAN suffering from schizophrenia attacked his partner after a night out drinking and failing to take his medication, Skegness Magistrates’ Court has heard.

Vidal John Anthony Peak, 28, of Brewery Street, Burgh le Marsh, admitted assaulting Victoria Burnie by beating at their home on March 16.

Nick Todd, prosecuting, said Ms Burnie did not wish to make any complaint and it was to Peak’s credit he pleaded guilty anyway.

He said that on March 16, Peak came home at 3.30am after a night drinking, which was very much out of character.

He said Peak was abusive to his partner, Ms Burnie, and told her to get out of the house.

Mr Todd said Peak pushed her against the banisters and then followed her out of the house before pushing her against the car and she fell over onto her back.

Mr Todd said she went to a neighbour’s for help and they telephoned the police.

He said Peak had previous convictions for assault and had served a term of imprisonment for assault in 2013.

And he suffered from schizophrenia – but had not been taking his medication.

Mr Todd added that Ms Burnie said he had never attacked her before.

Mitigating, Saleem Khan said Peak had been diagnosed with schizophrenia in 2010 and was on strong medication, which had worked very well.

He said it quite simply did not work this time because he had reduced the tablets he had been taking.

Mr Khan said Peak had felt better and had been drinking alcohol, which he should not have done in his condition, and said he was very remorseful for having hurt the person he cared about the most.

Imposing a two-year conditional discharge, the magistrates told Peak he was lucky to have a partner who was standing by him.

He was also ordered to pay a £15 victim surcharge and pay £85 in costs.

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