27 Sept 2022

Derry woman in Altnagelvin Hospital was found with Xanax tablets 'secreted intimately'

A police officer told Derry Magistrate's Court today that nursing staff found 20 Alprazolam tablets 'secreted intimately' on a female patient in Altnagelvin Hospital last Saturday. Ursula Logue, 34, from Bellachmor Lower in Derry pleaded guilt to possessing the tablets. She also admitted a charge of attempting to steal £455 of goods from the Boots Chemist Store at Crescent Link on May 14 of this year. The officer told District Judge Greg McCourt that in the Boot's incident Logue was one of two women and a man who went on a shoplifting spree inside the store. Between them they were caught attempting to leave the store with just over £1,200 of unpaid goods. The police witness said last Saturday the police called to a house in the Creggan area of the city on another matter when they saw Logue in an agitated and intoxicated state. She told the officers she had just taken a Xanax tablet. The officers were concerned for her safety and they took her to Altnagelvin Hospital for a medical assessment. When nursing staff in the high dependency unit changed her clothing in preparation for the assessment, they found the 20 tablets secreted inside her body. Logue was given a five month jail sentence, suspended for three years, on the attempted theft charge and was given a conditional discharge for the drugs offence.

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