Man steals methadone, passes out


A man who stole methadone from a Tasmanian pharmacy was seen swigging from the bottle, then found passed out nearby, a court has heard

The Hobart Mercury reports that Benjamin Robert Joseph pleaded guilty to a count of armed robbery yesterday.

Mr Joseph reportedly threatened staff at the Chemmart Pharmacy in Magnet Court with a knife and asked for morphine.

Hobart’s Supreme Court heard that after waiting until other customers had left the pharmacy, Mr Joseph showed the pharmacist an orange pocket knife and told staff not to use the pharmacy’s security systems.

“If I hear an alarm someone will get hurt,” he allegedly said to them.

The staff gave him a bottle of methadone and a number of boxes of other medication.

Mr Joseph left the pharmacy, pausing to drink out of the methadone bottle, the Court heard, and was later found unconscious in nearby public toilets. He was taken to hospital before being charged.

Mr Joseph’s lawyer told the Court that the pharmacy robbery had not been planned, and that his client was deeply remorseful, pointing out that he had pleaded guilty at the first opportunity.

Mr Joseph was remanded in custody.

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