Mother broke into surgery for drugs

Court case
A FERMANAGH mother who has admitted to breaking into a local medical centre and stealing prescriptions has been refused bail on a separate set of charges against her. 
Nicola Leonard (26) of Beech Hill, Cavanaleck is charged with burgling Maple Practice in Lisnaskea on January 25 this year, stealing prescriptions and a stamper. 
Leonard, who appeared at Enniskillen Magistrates Court on Monday via videolink from Hydebank Prison, is also charged with one count of fraud, namely presenting a false prescription to Armstrong’s Pharmacy, one count of making a false prescription, being in possession of a false prescription, and one count of stealing a practice stamper belonging to Maple Practice. 
On Monday defence barrister Alan Blackburn indicated Leonard would be pleading not guilty to the charge of stealing the practice stamper, but would be pleaded guilty to the remaining charges. 
“She is clear she did not steal the stamp,” said Mr Blackburn. 
The case was adjourned until Wednesday, July 19. 
Leonard is currently in custody regarding a separate incident from October 8 last year, for which she faces charges of assisting offenders, namely attempted murder, and with possessing a Class B drug, namely cannabis. 
She was refused bail last Monday having been surrendered herself to police, after failing to appear in court previously along with her partner Brendan McLaughlin who is accused of attempted murder at Trasna Way last October. 
At that hearing, police had raised concerns Leonard would leave the jurisdiction again. On Monday, Mr Blackburn said there was no longer any concern she would flee to Donegal, as McLaughlin was in custody serving a sentence in the South, and did not intend to appeal the sentence. 
District Judge Nigel Broderick refused the bail application again this week, stating Leonard could apply to the High Court, to which Mr Blackburn replied “we’ll have her in the High Court before the end of the week.” 
The case was adjourned until Monday, July 17. 


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