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Tylenol thief jailed for four months

A homeless man was sentenced to a total of four months in jail after he admitted theft and trespassing charges yesterday.

Terrence Parsons, 50, pleaded guilty to two counts of theft and trespassing with intent to steal.

Magistrates’ Court heard that Parsons went into the People’s Pharmacy, on Hamilton’s Victoria Street, earlier this month and put a bottle of extra strength Tylenol painkillers into his left pants pocket.

He left the store without paying for the drugs, which were valued at $24.85.

He told security guards outside the store: “I don’t have anything. I didn’t take anything.”

He later told police that he took the pills for his brother.

In a separate incident last December, Parsons entered the Shopping Centre in the city’s Victoria Street and put seven items into his bag.

The items included juice, chips and soap with a total value of $20.77.

Magistrate Khamisi Tokunbo sentenced Parsons to 30 days in prison for the theft of the painkillers. Mr Tokunbo also gave Parsons 60 days for the grocery theft and 90 days for trespassing with intent to steal.

He ordered the sentences to run concurrently.

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