Police catch man 'injecting'
WHEN Lismore police knocked on the front door of a McKenzie Street flat they were invited to come in - just in time to catch Jack Paddy Baker injecting himself with Rohypnol taken from a friend's medicine cabinet.
And as police watched his blood dribble, Baker threw the syringe on to the kitchen floor.
Baker, 34, pleaded guilty in Lismore Local Court yesterday to larceny - stealing 19 pills of Valtrex used to medicate herpes; and self-administering a prohibited drug - Rohypnol (Flunitrazepam) - at Lismore on May 18.
The man who legally had the prescription medications phoned police after Baker and another man left his flat and he noticed the Rohypnol was missing from his medicine cabinet. Baker admitted to police he crushed the Rohypnol pills then heated the substance to inject.
Magistrate Michael Dakin jailed Baker for three months, with the time served to be done while in jail on an unrelated assault offence. Mr Dakin said Baker had an 'unenviable' criminal history and the theft of the prescribed medication was aggravated because it was needed by a friend with serious medical problems.
Defence lawyer Sophie Anderson said Baker had tried drug rehabilitation in a residential program, but was ejected from the program after 77 days because of a disagreement with the cook.
Mr Dakin replied that Baker had been given further opportunities to comply with MERIT (Magistrates' Early Referral Into Treatment Program), but failed to keep appointments.