A PREGNANT woman caught with a stolen prescription pad after she developed an addiction to morphine has had the case adjourned for six months so she can have her baby.
Stacey Byrne (31), who is pregnant with her third child, developed her addiction to morphine some 18 months ago, following a litany of health problems.
Hospital staff did not realise that the prescription pad was missing until they were informed by gardai.
The matter was before Tallaght District Court for sentencing.
Judge John Coughlan ordered Byrne, of Oakwood Grove in Clondalkin, to stay free from drugs.
He adjourned the matter to a date in September to allow Byrne have her baby, and said that if she remains drug-free he will be "sympathetic" to her.
The incident took place at Mount Carmel Hospital in Rathfarnham on July 8 last.
Garda David Morris was called to the hospital following reports that a woman had a suspicious prescription pad.
Gda Morris said the pad was in Byrne's handbag. It had been stolen from the A&E Department at James Connolly Hospital in Blanchardstown.
Gda Morris said A&E staff had not realised it was missing.
The pad contained a written prescription for morphine.
Judge Coughlan ordered Byrne to continue working with the probation services and to remain drug-free. The judge adjourned sentencing for six months.