A Ballyroan man has been given the benefit of the probation act after forging a prescription to get drugs for his back pain.
At last week’s sitting of Portlaoise District Court was Nigel Fox (30), with an address at Colt, Ballyroan.
Inspector Aidan Farrelly told the court that on November 12 last year, the accused went to Laois Pharmacy, Lyster Square, Portlaoise, with a forged prescription.
Fox had changed the prescription from 2mg of diazepam to 12mg.
The accused had five previous convictions, including one for theft.
Defence, Mr Declan Been said that his client, who is registered with a private security firm and has a young child, had been under a lot of pressure at the time of the offence.
Shortly before the incident, the accused had injured his back and went to A+E where he was given the prescription for 2mg of the drug.
However, he was concerned that he would not be able to work with the pain and made the ridiculous decision to change the prescription.
“The pharmacist rumbled it very quickly,” said Mr Breen, adding that Garda Detective Michael O'Donovan, who was not present in the court at the time, would accept the accused's account that he had changed the prescription due to his back pain.
Mr Breen said his client, who had made full admissions to the gardaí, had €300 to offer the court.
Directing that the €300 go to the court poor box, Judge Catherine Staines imposed the probation act on the accused, section 1.1.