Company director to face trial at Old Bailey

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A Dewsbury company director appeared at City of London Magistrates’ Court last Friday accused of handling £1.1m of medicinal drugs stolen from a lorry nine years ago,

Vincent Quigley, 67, of Daleside, Thornhill, is charged with one count of handling and one count of receiving stolen goods.

He is said to have received 1,620,000 Comtan tablets, 510,000 Lopressor tablets and 480,000 Femara tablets.

The tablets, which had been stolen in 2005, were traced to a warehouse in Yorkshire in October 2007 by a private detective hired by a Swiss pharmaceutical company.

Comtan is prescribed to patients with Parkinson’s Disease, Lopressor is used to treat high blood pressure and Femara is used by breast cancer patients.

Quigley pleaded not guilty toboth charges and was bailed unconditionally.

He is scheduled to appear at the Old Bailey on June 16 alongside Kenyan-born pharmaceutical dealer Mahmoud Azizi, 56, of Princess Court, Bryanston Place, Mayfair.

Canadian citizen Azizi was extradited from Vancouver and appeared in custody charged with one count of receiving stolen goods on October 16, 2007, namely medicinal products belonging to Norvartis International.

He had been granted conditional bail, but that decision was immediately appealed by the Crown Prosecution Service and Azizi will now remain in custody until a crown court bail hearing.