Drink-spiking pharmacist laughs as sentence begins

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Yan Chi Cheung, the Sydney pharmacist who pled guilty to spiking a colleague’s drinks earlier this year, has begun his 10-month jail term by reportedly laughing as he surrendered himself to guards

Cheung was found to have repeatedly drugged his colleague, a 26-year-old pharmacy assistant, with Phenergan, doxylamine, Endep, Seroquel and Deptran over the course of a year as revenge for spurning his advances.

The assistant, Pamela Leung, had asked Cheung to stop making sexual advances towards her after he brushed past her breasts and bottom.

In a victim impact statement Leung said that Cheung’s subsequent actions, which at one stage included putting 150mg of Deptran into her tin of instant coffee – meaning she ingested the drug each time she made herself a coffee – had “robbed me of my trust towards people”.

Cheung was sentenced in July at Waverley Local Court to a minimum of 10 months but a maximum of 12 months’ imprisonment.

He immediately appealed the sentencing decision and was granted bail.

Yesterday he was expected to attend a hearing at the Sydney District Court, but instead withdrew his appeal and was taken into custody.

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