Youth detention for machete-wielding duo

Two men have been sentenced to youth justice detention after robbing a pharmacy and injuring a staff member, while another has been charged with using altered scripts to get drugs

In the first case, the two Victorian men reportedly “terrorised” a pharmacy security guard and injured another staff member.

The Herald Sun reports that Elias Kahsay and Sidrak Dinkneh, both aged 19, went to an Ascot Vale pharmacy in August 2019 and, armed with knives, “frogmarched” him to a corner of the pharmacy before restraining him.

At the time, police told media that the pair were armed with machetes and had tied the 22-year-old security guard’s wrists together.

The man’s wrists were bound with an iPhone cable before Mr Kahsay threw a chair at him, demanded that he hand over his wallet, and told the guard he was going to kill him.

Meanwhile Mr Dinkneh went to the pharmacy’s counter where he threatened staff, saying “we don’t want to hurt anybody, we just want to get what we want”.

Moonee Ponds Crime Investigation Unit detectives posted this image in August 2019, in relation to the Ascot Vale incident.

A 51-year-old staff member received a minor wound to her hand when Mr Dinkneh “inadvertently” nicked her hand with his knife, after which he apologised.

He told staff to hand over cash and was given about $400 from the cash register, before demanding and being given medicines including Valium and painkillers (PainStop).

Mr Dinkneh was arrested less than half an hour later, but Mr Kahsay handed himself in to police a few days later, after a police raid at his home failed to find him.

Mr Kahsay, who had spent 296 days in custody, was sentenced to 18 months’ youth detention, while Mr Dinkneh, who had spent 300 days in custody, received a sentence of 24 months’ youth detention.


Altering scripts

A Ryde man, Milad Zamani, was due to face Liverpool Local Court last week after a traffic stop in North Epping.

Mr Zamani was arrested and charged over his allegedly having altered dozens of scripts, the Daily Telegraph reports.

Police charged him with 25 counts of using a false document to obtain property, as well as possession of false prescription, among other charges.

Police said that they would allege in court that Mr Zamani used documents to get prescription medicine at a number of pharmacies across Sydney, from 2018 to 2020.

In Tasmania, police are now investigating the theft of prescription medication from a North Hobart pharmacy over the weekend.

On Saturday at about 2pm, two men went to the pharmacy and entered through the rear door, wearing face masks.

Once inside, one of the pair told the staff they did not want to hurt anybody.

The other went behind the service counter and took a quantity of prescription medicine, putting it in a blue cooler bag, after which the pair left the way they had come.

Police describe the men as wearing dark clothing with black plastic face masks (not character masks).

Acting Inspector Phil Curtis said, “Whilst no one was harmed during this incident and there was no indication the men were armed it would have been very intimidating for staff.”

“Whilst the items taken were prescription medication, there is always a risk for anyone taking such medication, without that medication being properly subscribed (sic).”

In Queensland, police were investigating the theft of medicines from an Isle of Capri pharmacy.

Queensland Police said officers were looking through CCTV footage as part of their investigation into the incident, which saw a member of the public call the service upon noticing the store’s front glass door had been “completely smashed”.

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