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10 Aug 2022

Derry man who stole £40 from woman's purse while she was out shopping handed suspended sentence

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A man has appeared at Derry Magistrate's Court charged with a series of drug and dishonesty offences. Justin McCabe, 47, of Clon Elagh in Derry was charged with forging a prescription on May 31, 2016, the theft of £40 on December 6, 2017 and possessing Diazepam on December 15, 2017. The court was told that on May 31, 2016 McCabe presented a prescription that was suspected of being tampered with. The prescription for pregablin had been altered from issue daily to issue 56 tablets at once. On December 6, 2017 a woman out shopping noticed her purse was missing. A man returned the purse to her but £40 was missing. An examination of CCTV identified McCabe. On December 15, 2017 police attended Clon Elagh and in the course of the incident searched McCabe and found two tablets. Defence barrister Eoghan Devlin said 'it was hard to fathom' why there had been a delay in the cases coming to court and asked the judge to take that into account. McCabe was given a 12-month probation order and sentenced to six months in prison suspended for two years.

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