Mad dad abuses coun­cil mower driver

The Queensland Times - - News -

AN IP­SWICH City Coun­cil worker, Jason, was hap­pily at work rid­ing a coun­cil mower trac­tor when he was con­fronted by an irate dad wielding a me­tal bar, yelling at him to slow down.

Po­lice prose­cu­tor Sergeant Tracey Laing said the dad, Ti­mothy Voigt, abused the worker and threat­ened to use the bar.

Ap­pear­ing be­fore Ip­swich Mag­is­trates Court Ti­mothy David Voigt, 35, from Le­ich­hardt, pleaded guilty to caus­ing pub­lic nui­sance at Le­ich­hardt on Jan­uary 4.

Sgt Laing said the in­ci­dent took place at 3.15pm in Ernest St.

Voigt ran from a yard holdtalk­ing ing a three foot long me­tal bar yelling “slow down f***ing dog in my f***ing street, kids are play­ing”.

Sgt Laing said Jason told him he did not know what he was about as the trac­tor “doesn’t go over 40km/hour”.

She said Voigt bran­dished the bar say­ing he was go­ing to smash the worker. Jason then told him the trac­tor had a se­cu­rity cam­era fit­ted. Voight dropped the bar and jumped onto a me­tal bucket at the front yelling abuse.

Voigt’s wife went over and es­corted him back to their house.

De­fence lawyer Matt Fair­clough said the sit­u­a­tion arose as Voigt was wor­ried about the safety of chil­dren out in the street.

Mr Fair­clough said Voigt, a land­scape gar­dener, pleaded guilty to the al­ter­na­tive charge which had been ac­cepted.

Voigt had ini­tially been charged with go­ing armed to cause fear.

Mag­is­trate Donna MacCal­lum con­victed and fined Voigt $600.

Photo: Ross Irby

Ti­mothy Voigt says he was wor­ried about chil­dren's safety when he jumped onto a mower and ver­bally abused its driver.

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