Pharmacist arrested for poisoning

A Sydney pharmacist has been charged after allegedly putting drugs into a co-worker’s drink, media sources say.

According to NSW Police a 26-year-old woman attended Maroubra Police Station on Wednesday (11 May 2016) to report she believed a colleague had placed drugs into her drinks at work.

The woman told police on a number of occasions she felt ill during her shifts.

During the investigation, police viewed CCTV footage which allegedly depicted the man pouring a liquid substance into the woman’s drink.

Following further inquiries, the 33-year-old man was arrested about 11am on Thursday 12 May 2016 at his Maroubra home.

A number of media sources are naming the man as Yan Chi “Anthony” Cheung, a pharmacist employed at Pharmacy@UNSW.

He was taken to Maroubra Police Station where he was charged with using poison to injure or cause distress or pain, and tampering with evidence.

“The pharmacy is an external retailer on campus and the matter is now subject to a police investigation,” a UNSW spokeswoman said, according to Fairfax media.

Acting Inspector Matt Magee of Maroubra Local Area Command told Fairfax sources Mr Cheung may have tried to alter times on the CCTV footage.

Acting Inspector Magee said Mr Cheung and his assistant had been friends for about three years. “Over the course of their employment, she noticed his behaviour change,” he said.

The ABC has reported the man was infatuated with her. Police would not comment on the type of substance used in the alleged drugging.

The man was bail refused and appeared in court today where he was granted bail to appear in Waverley Local Court on 24 May 2016, NSW Police said.

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