Man jailed for forging scripts

A 24-YEAR-OLD man with liver cancer who forged fake prescriptions for pain relief has been sentenced to 18 months jail.

Michael William Pershouse pleaded guilty in Bundaberg Magistrates Court today to 10 charges including forgery, stealing, attempted fraud and disqualified driving.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Hayley Glover said Pershouse attended the Friendly Society Medical Centre on June 11.

"The doctor has left the defendant in the room alone, when the defendant reached across and picked up two blank prescriptions from the doctor's desk and put them in his pocket," she said.

Snr Const Glover said on July 1, Pershouse scanned the blank prescriptions onto a computer, and used a computer program to falsify a script in his name for the pain relief drug OxyContin.

The court heard on the same day, Pershouse went to Priceline Pharmacy and presented the prescription, which was identified as false by the chemist, who then called the police.

After his arrest, it was revealed Pershouse was wanted for failing to appear in Southport Magistrates Court for driving disqualified and uninsured, and using false plates in August and September last year.

"The defendant has six pages of criminal history," Snr Const Glover said.

The prosecutor said Pershouse also had nine pages of traffic history.

"The defendant has no regard for the law," she said.

Duty lawyer Rian Dwyer said his client had liver cancer as a result of his drug use.

"He is very sick," he said.

Mr Dwyer said Pershouse's decision to take the scripts had been in the "spur of the moment".

"He's never done this kind of thing before," he said.

Magistrate Jennifer Batts said Pershouse had a "very unfortunate" criminal and traffic history.

"It's one of the worst histories I have seen in relation to disqualified driving," she said.

Ms Batts sentenced the man to 18 months jail, with a parole release date of October 2.

He has been disqualified from driving for eight years.

Topics:  disqualified driving jail liver cancer

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