Man to stand trial over pharmacy robbery

A MAN who allegedly used a kitchen knife during an armed robbery in Portland will stand trial.

Michael Wilson, 29, previously of Rundell Avenue in Portland, was committed to stand trial in the Warrnambool County Court on one charge of armed robbery and one charge of using a drug of dependence.

The prosecution alleged Wilson used a kitchen knife to rob a pharmacy in Portland on July 22 this year.

During the committal hearing a pharmacist told the court he was putting medication away at the end of the day when he first noticed a man entering the shop.

He said the man had a 20cm kitchen-type knife and when asked what he wanted he said oxycontin.

The pharmacist grabbed a handful of boxes and gave them to the man. 

He told the court the offender had his face covered with a dark jumper and had a particular feature of his voice which led to his identification.

A sales assistant told the court she noticed the man had a knife in his left hand and a black stocking over his head.

She said Wilson was a regular customer and she recognised his particular walk.

Wilson pleaded not guilty to armed robbery and not guilty to possessing a drug of dependence.

The court heard Wilson is currently serving a sentence in custody for theft and driving offences. He is due to be released in April 2014.

Yesterday magistrate Jonathan Klestadt refused a bail application, meaning Wilson would not be bailed in April on his release date.

He was remanded to appear in Geelong County Court for a directions hearing on March 7, 2014.

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