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