Severe pain led to codeine theft


A woman stole codeine and other drugs due to severe ongoing pain, a court has heard

Grafton’s Daily Examiner reports that Alicia Lee Cachia was involved in a car accident in which her car rolled while travelling at a high speed, causing her to suffer severe injuries to her right arm.

Ms Cachia had received treatment following the accident, which included analgesics taken each day.

But according to the Examiner, Ms Cachia occasionally ran out of the drugs before she was able to access a GP to get another prescription.

Grafton Local Court heard that her pain was “too much to bear” and as a result she believed her only option was to obtain the medicine illegally, by breaking into a pharmacy.

On October 29, she went into the Grafton Super Clinic (which has a pharmacy), bringing a sledgehammer and claw hammer with her. She accessed the clinic by breaking a glass door and stole codeine, Antenex and Epam.

On November 7, she went to a nearby Chemist Warehouse intending to break in and steal medication again, but her efforts were unsuccessful.

She then went back to the Grafton Super Clinic to try again, but security guards prevented her from doing so.

Ms Cachia pleaded guilty to one charge of break and enter and two charges of attempted break and enter.

She was given a 12-month suspended sentence and ordered to pay $5000 compensation for the successful attempt, and a nine-month suspended sentence and ordered to pay $500 compensation for each of the unsuccessful attempts.

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