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Wednesday 26 June 2019

Grandfather tried to get pills by using forged prescriptions

Stuart Simpson had a tablet-based addiction at the time. Photo: INM
Stuart Simpson had a tablet-based addiction at the time. Photo: INM

A grandfather was caught twice in the same day trying to obtain tablets with false prescriptions.

Stuart Simpson (38) was refused drugs when one chemist became "uncomfortable" with the amount on the prescription.

Simpson, of Shancastle Crescent, Clondalkin, admitted two counts of using a forged prescription at pharmacies in Lucan on November 19, 2016.

Blanchardstown District Court heard Simpson went to Lloyd's pharmacy in Dodsboro and handed the pharmacist a prescription.

She was uncomfortable dispensing the amount on the prescription and refused, but took a copy and gave it to gardai.

A pharmacist at Adrian Dunne's pharmacy in Hillcrest told gardai a man had given them a prescription for the same items earlier in the day.

The court was told the prescription had a different name and address on it.

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Neither prescription had been written by a doctor.

Simpson was identified on CCTV footage and arrested.

He had seven children and three grandchildren, said John O'Doherty, defending.

Simpson had had a drug problem for "a number of years" but had dealt with that and was now on methadone maintenance, the court was told.

At the time, he had a "tablet-based" addiction and that was what he was trying to get.

Mr O'Doherty asked Judge Paula Murphy to take into account the fact that the off- ences happened two-and-a-half years ago, and to deal with the offence without incarcerating the accused.

Simpson was working with a community-based probation programme and was doing well, said Mr O'Doherty.

The defendant was given a four-month jail sentence, suspended for eight months.

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