Former pharmacist sentenced for sexual offences

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A former pharmacist has been sentenced to 21 months’ imprisonment, wholly suspended for three years, after he pled guilty to sexual offences.

Daniel Lukis – a pseudonym given by the Court – was charged with two counts of indecent assault on a male person and one count of gross indecency with a girl under 16.

Lukas operated two pharmacies in Melbourne suburbs until about 1981; worked internationally after that in a refugee camp as a pharmacy manager; and was a pharmacy inspector for the Commonwealth Health Commission until his retirement.

The assaults, on the pharmacist’s nephews and niece, took place in the early 1970s when he and his sister travelled together to holiday with her extended family.

The first victim was Lukis’ sister’s younger son, who was aged between seven and 11 years at the time of the offences, and is intellectually impaired.

The second was his sister’s older son, aged between 11 and 12 at the time of the offence. The third was his niece, who was aged between 10 and 11.

When the first boy told his mother about the incident, Lukis was given an ultimatum: seek treatment or the police would be informed. He chose to seek treatment. When later his niece told her mother about the offence against her, Lukis denied it.

He was arrested last year after the children’s mother approached the police.

“A perusal of the depositional material reveals that the acts which found the charges were not isolated ones,” said His Honour Judge Ryan in sentencing the former pharmacist.

“However, you can, and will only be sentenced for the individual acts that found the three charges to which you have pleaded guilty.”

His age and ill health were taken into account, as was the fact that he has sought treatment, albeit under the threat of prosecution.

“In respect to Charge 3, you fall to be sentenced as a serious sex offender and protection of the community from you is the principal sentencing purpose for which the sentence on that charge is to be imposed,” Judge Ryan said.

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