Man breaks wall for painkillers

A MAN smashed through a plasterboard wall in a Woodgate pharmacy to steal painkillers for an arm injury, a court was told yesterday.

Christopher Edward Thomson, 29, of Mackerel Street, Woodgate, faced two counts of entering a premises with intent when he fronted Bundaberg Magistrates Court .

The court was told Thomson, who applied for bail during yesterday's hearing, allegedly broke into Ray White Real Estate, in Frizzells Road, about 1.40am on Monday, before leaving the office and smashing a toilet window.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Dean Burgess said after getting into the cubicle, the defendant broke through the flimsy toilet wall to get into Coral Coast Pharmacy.

He said the defendant, allegedly caught on camera, had tried to conceal his identity by placing a paper bag over his head, but it ripped.

Thomson was allegedly videotaped rummaging through fridges in the chemist, before leaving through the hole in the wall.

Defence lawyer Darin Clearwater told the court that his client had suffered an arm injury and was in a lot of pain.

Snr Const Burgess opposed bail because he said Thomson would continue to find pain relief by any means necessary.

Mr Clearwater said the defendant was on a waiting list for surgery on the injured arm.

Magistrate Jennifer Batts granted the defendant bail.

The matter was adjourned until November 20 for further mention.



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