L'Aumone Pharmacy robber 'stole tablets in suicide bid'

A MAN who stole tablets during a knifepoint robbery at L'Aumone Pharmacy intended to use them to commit suicide, the Royal Court heard yesterday.

L'Aumone Pharmacy, where Stuart Page stole tablets during a knifepoint robbery in May. (Picture by Steve Sarre, 1245580)
L'Aumone Pharmacy, where Stuart Page stole tablets during a knifepoint robbery in May. (Picture by Steve Sarre, 1245580)

A MAN who stole tablets during a knifepoint robbery at L'Aumone Pharmacy intended to use them to commit suicide, the Royal Court heard yesterday.

Stuart Page, 37, admitted taking dihydrocodeine tablets - strong painkillers - worth a total of £32.46 during the robbery, which happened at about 5pm on Monday 14 May.

He was sentenced to five years in prison for the robbery, but that was increased by six months because he was in breach of suspended sentences for two counts of shoplifting and one of failing to answer to bail.

Advocate Liam Roffey said his client had battled with mental health and substance issues throughout his life. A traumatic event in his childhood was mentioned in the probation report. It was accepted that his client had a poor criminal record going back a long way but it was significant that he had stayed out of trouble between 2005 and 2010. This was due to the stability of marriage.

Judge Russell Finch said the probation report made depressing reading. The court always looked for mitigation but it could not just conjure it up.

Comments for: "L'Aumone Pharmacy robber 'stole tablets in suicide bid'"

John

I was out of work for 18 months, not once did I wish to rob a chemist! If he wanted to die why didn't he do it without threatening others?

damo

It was more likely a move to make others aware he was suicidal. He probably wouldnt have hurt anyone but needed to let someone know he was desperate.

He got the pills he wanted and didnt take them before he was arrested did he?

I don't know the guy, but hope he gets the help he needs

Sarnia cherie, my heart longs for thee

Hmmmm, a paedophile gets 5 years in prison and a mentaly ill person who had a "traumatic" incident in his child hood who cleary needs help get's 5 years as well. 2+2=5

Julie

I hope he gets the help he needs. We as an island seriously have to look at how we treat people with mental illness! Also why do the press need to name people that have mental illness? What does it serve? Anybody that is having treatment at the Castel Hospital is no business of mine or anybody else's.

Jeffers

SCMHLFT There is more tolerance of alternative sexual habits than violence against professional people. Whenever, you see posts about child abuse or lowering ages, there are always lots of people who are disnmissive about the seriousness of this type of offense.

Perpetrators on the other hand, have many rights.

More Scofields, flush out these dangerous individuals!