A man allegedly sprayed petrol on a Melbourne pharmacy assistant and threatened to set him alight in a Christmas Eve robbery
Kepa Kemp appeared before the Melbourne Magistrate’s Court yesterday facing charges relating to threats and armed robberies in Melbourne’s west during December.
The former disability worker allegedly went to a pharmacy in Hoppers Crossing at around midday on Christmas Eve and sprayed the pharmacy assistant with petrol from a drink bottle.
News media report that he told the assistant, “Give me your money, I have a lighter and I’ll use it” before spraying him with more petrol and leaving with $300, painkillers, perfume and the man’s wallet.
Senior Constable Michael Taylor told the Court that Kemp had been to the pharmacy earlier in the day and asked about head lice treatments.
The pharmacy assistant was physically unharmed, but Senior Constable Taylor said all Mr Kemp’s alleged victims were “traumatised”.
According to Kemp’s defence counsel Mr Kemp disputes that he was the offender.
Mr Kemp also faced charges pertaining to an earlier robbery of a tobacco store in Werribee where he allegedly stole $2500; a convenience store robbery; the robbery of a taxi driver with a knife on Boxing Day; the assault of his then partner last year; and theft of a mobile phone after threatening another man with an axe.
According to the Ballarat Courier, Mr Kemp told police he would regularly drink four to six litres of cask wine daily at the time of the alleged offences, and also used ice and cannabis.
Bail was refused and Kemp is due to face Court next month.