5 Feb 2011

Guild pleased that no charges to be brought against pharmacist

9:20 am on 5 February 2011

The Pharmacy Guild is pleased that police will not charge an Auckland pharmacist over the death of an intruder on his premises in August last year.

Grant Gillard, a member of the guild, owns a pharmacy in the suburb of Mt Albert.

He surprised Bruce Jones, 47, unemployed, inside his store on 24 August. The intruder died on the premises after a struggle with Mr Gillard.

The Pharmacy Guild is calling the decision a sensible one, saying the event highlights the risk community pharmacies face each day.

The guild says pharmacists are well aware of the risks and take a range of measures to protect their safety such as installing panic buttons and cameras.

The late Mr Jones had several criminal convictions and spent time in prison for dangerous driving, for causing the death of a woman in a crash in 2002.

The Mt Albert Business Association is also happy about the decision.

Association chair Pauline Anderson says the whole community is relieved for Mr Gillard and his wife Vera, although, she says, the time it took for the police to make a decision has taken a toll on their health.