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Boots pharmacist stole more than £4,000 of medication

PUBLISHED: 13:06 11 October 2018 | UPDATED: 13:06 11 October 2018

Picture: GREGG BROWN

Picture: GREGG BROWN

An Ipswich pharmacist who worked at a pharmacy at a Suffolk health centre has admitted stealing medication worth more than £4,000.

Before Ipswich Crown Court was 56-year-old Joseph Achina, of Ashcroft Road, Ipswich, who was chief pharmacist at the Boots Pharmacy at the Stowmarket Health Centre.

He has pleaded guilty to stealing medication belonging to Boots Pharmacy between October 31 2016 and June 10 2017 and a bail offence.

Achina has admitted the theft charge on a basis that wasn’t accepted by the prosecution and a hearing was due to have taken place today (Thursday) to allow the judge in the case to hear evidence to allow him to decide on what basis to sentence him.

However, Adam Pearson for Achina said the hearing was no longer necessary as Achina had withdrawn his basis of plea.

Jamie Sawyer, prosecuting, said some of the stolen items were unwanted drugs which had no value as they would have been destroyed by Boots.

He said that stolen drugs were found at Achina home and the total value of medication stolen by him was around £4,000.

Judge Rupert Overbury adjourned the case until November 8 and remanded Achina in custody.

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