Accused pharmacist suspended


A Queensland pharmacist who has been charged with attempted murder, arson and domestic violence has been suspended

Queensland Police last month charged a man with attempted murder and multiple domestic violence-related offences following a house fire in Brisbane.

On 16 May, police and emergency services were called to a house in Wooloowin, in Brisbane’s inner north, following reports of a house fire.

When they arrived, the house was engulfed in flames. Two women were in the house at the time of the fire but escaped without injury.

Later that morning, a 34-year-old Wooloowin man voluntarily attended Hendra Police Station to assist with investigations.

He has been charged with two counts each of attempted murder and arson (one pertaining to a vehicle, the other to the house) and one count of contravention of a police protection notice. 

He was further charged with one count each of assault occasioning bodily harm, common assault and wilful damage (all domestic violence offences) in relation to earlier incidents at the same address.

Mainstream media reports have named the man, who is a pharmacist.

He reportedly lived at the house he allegedly set fire to. One of the women was his partner, while the other was a relative of hers.

The Health Ombudsman has now taken action by suspending the registration of the man.

This suspension of registration means he is prohibited from practising as a pharmacist for the duration of the suspension, said the Ombudsman.

It will continue to have effect until the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal sets the decision aside or the Health Ombudsman revokes the suspension.

Support and counselling is available from:

Pharmacists’ Support Service: PSS is available every day of the year between 8am and 11pm EST on 1300 244 910 or here.

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