Pharmacist pleads guilty to poisoning assistant

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A NSW pharmacist has pleaded guilty to charges of repeatedly putting drugs in a pharmacy assistant’s drinks while at work.

Yan Chi “Anthony” Cheung, 33, appeared before Waverley Local Court on Tuesday morning for “administering poison with intent to cause distress or pain” to the 26-year-old pharmacy assistant, who he was reportedly “infatuated” with.

Cheung and the assistant had been friends for about three years and worked together at a pharmacy based on the Kensington campus of the University of New South Wales.

Court documents show Cheung convinced her to work with him at the pharmacy where he repeatedly spiked her water and coffee with drugs between May 2015 and May this year.

According to police documents, these drugs included phenergan, doxylamine, endep, seroquel and deptran.

“The drugs were retrieved directly from the shelf at the pharmacy and are known to have a number of adverse side effects including drowsiness and in some circumstances infertility after prolonged use,” the court documents tendered by police said.

The woman had initially approached Maroubra Police with the suspicion that Cheung had been placing drugs in her drink at their work, saying she had noticed feeling ill during shifts.

In CCTV footage seized by police, Cheung was caught pouring an unknown substance into the woman’s drinks.

The victim has taken out an Apprehended Violence Order against Cheung, who cannot go within 50 metres of her home, workplace or the church where the two had first met.

He has been granted bail and ordered to undergo psychological assessment, with sentencing scheduled for 5 July.

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