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Arrest warrant issued for Richhill woman convicted in absence of altering prescription

She had drawn over the marking of 100mg with a black pen to instead show a medication strength of 300mg

Armagh Magistrates Court

An arrest warrant has been issued for a Richhill woman who was convicted in her absence of altering her prescription.

Court heard how the 25-year-old had doctored the prescription with a black pen in order for it to display a higher strength of the medication.

Sophie Gillespie, of Main Street, did not appear at Armagh Magistrates’ Court, sitting at Newry, on Tuesday to face a single charge of fraud by false representation.

Proving the case, prosecution outlined that on March 7, of 2019, police received a report from the Friary Surgery, Armagh, that a female had brought an altered prescription to Gordon’s Chemist in the city.

The female had drawn over the marking of 100mg with a black pen to instead show a medication strength of 300mg.

Police attended the home of the defendant, the named person on the prescription.

She was cautioned for the offence and during a notebook interview made admissions to altering her prescription to make it “stronger”.

District Judge Bernie Kelly convicted Gillespie in her absence and noting the “seriousness” of the charge issued a warrant for the defendant’s arrest.

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