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Single father jailed over prescription pad robbery

A PATIENT in a hospital A&E department robbed a prescription pad and wrote out false prescriptions for antibiotics as he was in serious pain with a leg injury and couldn't wait the "minimum 10 to 12" hours to see a doctor, a court heard.

Andrew Curley (32) claimed he was already on painkillers, but he'd run out and he could not wait for doctors to write him another prescription. A judge described Curley's behaviour as "outrageous" and sentenced him to three months in prison.

Curley, of Castlegrange Avenue in Swords, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court charged to stealing a prescription pad, worth €10, from Beaumont Hospital on September 2 last year.

He also admitted to four counts of presenting a false prescription to pharmacies.

The court heard Curley paid for the prescriptions on his own medical card, and put his own name and address on the prescriptions.

Defence solicitor Fiona Brennan said Curley's partner died last year and he now has sole responsibility for their three-year-old son.

Judge Patrick McMahon sentenced the defendant to three months in prison, and refused to suspend it.