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

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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.

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.

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