Man, 46, who stole Viagra from pharmacy ‘not a hardened criminal’ lawyer says

A man who stole Viagra from a Lloyds Pharmacy had already been banned after stealing the drug before.

Stephen Cooper stole the packet from the pharmacy in Leek intending to use it for himself as he had formed a relationship with a ‘young woman’ he wanted to ‘keep up with’, a court heard.

The theft happened eight days after police executed a drugs warrant at his address and found cannabis in his room.

Now the 46-year-old has been handed a 12-month conditional discharge sentence at North Staffordshire Justice Centre, StokeonTrentLive reports.

Prosecutor Karen Wright said police conducted a drugs search warrant at an address in Leek on March 11 and found £10 worth of cannabis vegetation on a bedside table.

The defendant returned to the address during the search and agreed to be interviewed.

On March 19 the defendant entered Lloyds Pharmacy in Leek and stole a packet of Viagra.

Miss Wright said: "Four weeks before that he had gone to the pharmacy and tried to steal four packets of Viagra. He apologised.

“The shop did not tell the police but banned him as they have a zero tolerance policy and he left the pharmacy.

"On March 19 staff noticed him inside the store.

Miss Wright added: "They saw him place a packet of Viagra into a bag and run out of the shop."

In his police interview the defendant admitted the cannabis was his and he intended to smoke it.

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He also admitted the shoplifting offence and said he intended to steal the Viagra when he walked in and he used the tablets for himself.

Cooper pleaded guilty to possession of a class B drug and theft from a shop.

Iain Haley, mitigating, said the defendant had no convictions between 2000 and 2021 but has fallen off the wagon this year.

He said the offences are very low level and added the Viagra was for the defendant's own use.

Mr Haley said: "He formed a relationship and needed the Viagra to enable him to keep up with the young woman he had formed the relationship with. He is not a hardened criminal."

Magistrates ordered Cooper to pay £35 compensation and a £22 surcharge.

They also ordered the forfeiture and destruction of the cannabis.

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