‘Very evil’ words result in fine


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A man has been fined $1000 for threatening to murder a pharmacist and his family

A pharmacist employed by the Currimundi Marketplace Terry White Chemmart tried to speak to a patient about his medicines use… but the man reacted very badly.

The Sunshine Coast Daily reports that Scott Jason Rowntree pleaded guilty this week to unlawful stalking using threats of violence.

In May 2018, the pharmacist asked the man to consider passing on a suggestion regarding his medication regime to his doctor. This was the first occasion on which Mr Rowntree was aggressive towards the pharmacist.

On Christmas Eve, Mr Rowntree went back to the pharmacy and asked to speak to the pharmacist, who took him aside for a private discussion.

The pharmacist again said Mr Rowntree might do well to discuss his medication use – which included the use of tramadol on a regular basis – with his GP.

However Mr Rowntree told the pharmacist that he was “full of shit” and that “I said that it is fine”.

He requested his prescriptions back from the pharmacy, and while the pharmacist complied with this request, Mr Rowntree said that “If I ever see you out in public I will get a shotgun and blow your brains out”.

“I am going to find out where your family lives and kill them all,” he shouted.

The pharmacist contacted police, who found Mr Rowntree acting aggressively nearby.

Mr Rowntree, who represented himself in the Caloundra Magistrates Court, said his words to the pharmacist had been “very evil”.

He told the court that he had several medical problems, and was supposed to be in hospital on the day of the court appearance for surgery, but had postponed it to attend court.

He said he wanted to apologise to the pharmacist, but had not done so due to legal orders not to contact the man.

He was fined $1000 and told that he could have faced a suspended prison sentence.

Readers who are distressed can contact the Pharmacists’ Support Service on 1300 244 910.

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