A BIPOLAR sufferer launched a ‘frenzied attack’ on his brother and stole his car after he had stopped taking his medication, Solihull Magistrates Court has heard.
Amardeep Sunner got into an argument with his brother on July 5 at Yew Tree Lane Solihull, after he had taken the car for a ‘spin’ without permission.
Gez Newsome, prosecuting, told magistrates on Monday that Sunner became involved in an accident while driving his brother’s car.
“Mr Sunner did stop and exchange details. A replacement car was sent out and Mr Sunner then took the hire car for a drive. He was arrested that day for having no driving licence or insurance.
“The defendant became involved in an argument with his brother following his arrest. In a statement, the brother said the defendant punched him and caught him on the temple. He then punched him a further three times. [The brother] ended up on the floor, felt winded and was desperately trying to get his breath.”
Mr Newsome said Sunner’s ‘sobbing’ mother eventually had to get between the two men to stop the violent attack.
The 30-year-old, who was not represented in court, said the attack was ‘completely out of character’ because he had not been taking his medication properly. He said he believed the car belonged to his mother and that he still held a valid driving licence.
Sunner, of Green Lane, Small Heath, said the relationship with his brother is now ‘back on track.’
He was found guilty of assaulting his brother but pleaded guilty to taking a car without consent and driving without insurance. The defendant was given a 12 month community order and told to carry out 180 hours unpaid work. He was also disqualified from driving for six months and told to pay £620 costs.