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Monday 18 February 2019

Woman cleared of using forged prescription full of misspellings

Rita Langley leaves court after her case was dismissed
Rita Langley leaves court after her case was dismissed

A woman who handed pharmacy staff a prescription with misspelled medication on it has been found not guilty of knowingly using a forgery.

Rita Langley (36) accepted the doctor's script was not genuine, but insisted she did not know this and had asked a friend to pick it up for her.

Dismissing the case, Judge Mary Cashin said she was not satisfied beyond reasonable doubt that Ms Langley knew the prescription was forged.

Ms Langley, of Allenton Avenue, Bohernabreena, Tallaght, pleaded not guilty to using a false instrument.

Gda Michael Waters told Dublin District Court he was called to Lloyds in Rathgar last July 3. The pharmacist showed him a prescription that Ms Langley had handed in, indicating his "reservations".

The doctor had prescribed only the first option to her. Three more were never on her prescription, and were "all spelled incorrectly".

Signature

The terminology of the doses was incorrectly formatted, and the doctor's signature was false.

Ms Langley told the garda that she had paid someone to get a taxi to pick up the prescription for her.

In evidence, she said she was not aware the prescription was false when she got it.

She had been on medication but could not go to get her prescription, so she asked a friend to collect it for her, telling the court: "Sometimes the prescription is left for me."

The friend gave the prescription to her and she had not seen him since, she said.

She was interested in only one item on it, she said.

Defence barrister John Griff-in said there was no intention to use a forgery.

Dismissing the case, the judge said "the whole issue of collecting other people's prescriptions might be looked at".

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