A Sydney pharmacist has been handed a two-year jail sentence after he sexually assaulted a teenager
Warning: this article contains details that may distress some readers
Hany Ibrahim, who was working at the Priceline Pharmacy in Mascot, Sydney on July 1, 2019 when he assaulted the woman, faced the NSW District Court on Tuesday, reports the Daily Telegraph.
In December 2020, Mr Ibrahim had pleaded guilty to one count of sexual intercourse without consent.
He had originally been charged with several offences, two of which were later dropped; he had initially pleaded not guilty on all charges, but changed his plea on the sexual intercourse without consent count in December 2020.
When he was originally charged, the Pharmacy Council of NSW suspended his registration. He successfully appealed this decision, then being allowed to practise provided that he not interact with any patients or customers.
This decision was overturned in June 2020.
On the night of the assault, a 19-year-old woman had gone to the pharmacy to ask about emergency contraception.
Mr Ibrahim asked her to go into a consulting room, saying he could “check it out”.
The walls of the consulting room were made of frosted glass, so that others could not see in.
In the room, he inserted a finger into her vagina.
Court documents from a late 2019 hearing noted that the woman said he did this several times, and that the pharmacist also squeezed one of her breasts and rubbed her buttock.
These documents state that she had moved away from him and attempted to call her boyfriend, but that the pharmacist tried to stop her.
The Daily Telegraph now reports that agreed facts, which were read in court, include that Mr Ibrahim said, “Please don’t talk to anyone” to the victim, and that, “This is a private conversation”.
The victim then began to scream, and police were called.
He had initially denied the assault took place, saying he had only touched the woman’s shoulder to calm her down, but her DNA was found on his finger.
During sentencing this week, Mr Ibrahim said that he was “regretful and ashamed of what I did”.
“I don’t know why I acted unprofessionally like that. I found myself [doing] this horrible thing.”
The Crown prosecutor asked for a jail sentence, highlighting the victim’s vulnerability, and the breach of trust involved.
Mr Ibrahim will be eligible for release on parole in nine months, due to special circumstances: a difficult family environment, financial pressures, and a previous good record.
His registration to practise pharmacy remains suspended.
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