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Edinburgh: HELP!

scot.uk and *.uk also welcome. Other countries may vary and I'm not phoning international numbers.

Caveat: I understand that it's hard for people to deal with mental illness. It's also hard to care for someone dealing with said mental illness, et fucking cetera. With that said, bollocks to tact.

The person next door is a mentalist and he tried to strangle me.

We've a door of the stair of the block, and beyond that door, two independant flats. So three doors: stair door (leads to all), mid door (leads to us and next door), our door. Our doorbell (accessed outside the mid door) rings. I go out and I can't open the mid door. The lock is stuck. It's a Yale-type affair, so I first think there must be a key in the other side. I try talking to person on other side. There's some difficulty in communication, I think he may have some problems understanding concepts like there being something stuck in the lock, or the lock itself being stuck. I've just about talked him to the point where I'm going to call a locksmith.

Bang. The door opens and the bloke next door comes barreling through, grabbing me by the throat with his right hand.

I scream like a girl. I like to think that stewarding training kicks in here, but lets face it, that's complete tripe. I'm just a coward. I hold up both arms, palms open facing the guy, and try to make eye-contact. J. comes through as the guy lets go. He didn't ping J.'s presence in peripheral vision or anything, and as soon as she told me to come inside I ran and slammed the door after me. The doorbell went once, but that's it.

I didn't at the time want to get the police involved. I still don't. He didn't leave marks on my neck, and I think that getting uniformed rozzers to check him out would do more harm than good. The second doorbell scared the shit out of me, I have to say. He could have been trying to apologise, he could have had a knife. I'm not chancing that.

I've had a bite to eat and phoned the police information desk, wondering if they had a register of care in the community types. The info. desk says not, and gave me the number for the CintheC office, which had nobody answer and no voicemail.

So who do I call to find out who is looking after this bloke, and report that he tried to strangle me and could he not do that again, please, as I quite like my pants and don't want to go through them at a rate of several each day every time I see the mentalist next door.

That was a question: If he's care in the community, how do I find out? If he's not, how do I let the appropriate people know? In both cases a lack of uniformed rozzers wanting statements and keeping me awake (and more stressed than I already am) would be a serious benefit. I'm already jumping at closed doors, and the last thing I want to do is make things worse.

22:14 Edit: Phoned police, social services should be here in an hour or so.


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Dec. 19th, 2006 09:46 pm (UTC)
Well, if you don't want to press charges that is your choice, but you are correct in reporting him to whoever is in charge of him.

The reason is, he attacked you and nothing bad happened. You were scared, but you said he didn't leave any marks on you and he didn't do it maliciously. But lets say the same situation happens again with another neighbor. What if he accidentally strangles a woman who freaks out about it? She might not actually be hurt, but what if she's the type that would prosecute him to the full limit of the law? Or what if he does the same thing to a guy who has anger control problems and retaliates?

It's as much for your safety as it is for him. That being said, i'm so sorry Stew. :(
Dec. 19th, 2006 09:51 pm (UTC)
I would advise you to go to the police. Nobody's going to give out information on psychiatric patients to just anyone, but the cops will be able to get it and have both the authority and the ability to take action.
Dec. 19th, 2006 10:01 pm (UTC)
Stupid question, but I want to get it right:

999, or contact a station direct (given that it was about an hour ago)?
Dec. 19th, 2006 10:03 pm (UTC)
Well, you're not after a lights-and-sirens response, I guess, so try the station. If you have reason to suspect he's a patient, say so.
Dec. 19th, 2006 10:12 pm (UTC)
Done so. Social services are on their way.
Dec. 19th, 2006 10:13 pm (UTC)
Dec. 19th, 2006 10:00 pm (UTC)
Sorry it happened to you. Be careful out there.
Dec. 20th, 2006 03:42 am (UTC)
All I can say is that I hope things are better now and you're feeling safer.
Dec. 20th, 2006 04:42 am (UTC)
yikes. *shudders* yeah. he needs not to be on his own if he's randomly strangling people--maliciously or not. it's a good thing i don't have your phone number, dear, or i'd've called you and pestered you for quite a while in a rather maternalish fashion--and you don'tneed a second mom, particularly one too close to your own age for taht idea to be other than absurd. *HUGS*
Dec. 20th, 2006 11:12 am (UTC)
How fabulously interesting.

Man, that's insane.

Social services will save the day. And the dickish thing to do would've been to beat up the poor mentalist (if he'd been of a size and weight category to make such a thing possible).

Craziness. Glad you didn't get hurt, though.
Dec. 20th, 2006 01:12 pm (UTC)
See, sometimes I don't sound like a cyborg.

I probably could have beat the bloke up, but only once I recovered from being curled up on the sofa with a fucking huge whisky. "Sudden physical violence" is something I respond to with direct demonstration of nonviolence. Social services saved the day.

So when are you coming to this mad city of mine, then?
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