Junk mail assault
Felicity Caldwell | 10th September 2010
AN ENRAGED man chased a postman and threatened to cut his throat after receiving junk mail.
The Australia Post worker was delivering mail in Tiger Street, West Ipswich, when he put pamphlets into Shannon Thomas Kinnane’s letterbox.
Kinnane opened his letterbox and found the pamphlets shortly after 1.40pm – despite his “No Junk Mail” sign – and jumped into his wife’s car to chase the postie.
Ipswich Magistrates Court heard Kinnane, 44, found his man nearby and waved the offending pamphlets in his face.
He said: “I’m (expletive) sick and tired of you blokes sticking junk mail in my letterbox. You’re a (expletive) dog; do you want your (expletive) throat cut?”
Prosecutor Acting Senior Constable Jo Colston said Kinnane then struck the postie’s helmet and said: “I don’t want any more of your (expletive) mail”.
A shift worker was woken by the row and came outside to tell Kinnane to leave the postie alone.
Kinnane admitted common assault and was fined $500.
Defence lawyer Matthew Fairclough said Kinnane had not been taking his anti-depressant medication at the time.
An Australia Post spokeswoman said the organisation respected “No Junk Mail” stickers on their letterboxes but in some circumstances unaddressed mail had to be delivered.
The spokeswoman said excepted unaddressed mail included community notices lodged by local, state or federal governments, political organisations, religious institutions and educational institutions and charities.
She said Australia Post viewed the safety of staff as paramount and when “rare incidences to personal safety” occurred there were procedures in place including the withdrawal of delivery to the address concerned and counselling programs for employees.