Cafe assault investigation continues

Tim EdmundsAlbany Advertiser
Delivery driver Peter Kinnane outside the café yesterday.
Camera IconDelivery driver Peter Kinnane outside the café yesterday. Credit: Laurie Benson/Picture: Laurie Benson, Laurie Benson Albany Advertiser

A delivery driver allegedly attacked by a City of Albany employee outside an Albany cafe last week has described the moment he was reportedly hit.

Peter Kinnane, 62, had double parked on Peels Place at midday outside Cosi’s Cafe when the City employee allegedly attacked him.

Albany police and the City of Albany continue to investigate the incident which occurred in front of the busy cafe at lunchtime on February 6.

Mr Kinnane was delivering produce to the cafe before he was confronted.

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When asked for his name, Mr Kinnane admits he was “cheeky” by providing a fake name of Joe Bloggs.

“I wasn’t being rude or swearing or raising my voice,” he said.

“I was just talking and then next thing, bang.

“It was a full-on punch, it knocked me backwards 2m into my truck.”

The disability pensioner suffered bruising to his face and ribs from the incident and was thankful for the members of the public who came to assist him and restrain the City employee before police arrived at the scene.

“He piled on top of me and kept punching me. I don’t know how many times he hit me, it happened that quick,” he said.

“If they hadn’t intervened I don’t know what would have happened.”

Earlier this week in a statement, City of Albany chief executive officer Andrew Sharpe said he was aware of the incident.

“The City of Albany is aware of an incident involving one of its employees and is currently investigating the matter,” he said.

“The City respects the rights of its employees and doesn’t comment on any matters that would breach confidentiality or privacy.”

Police are yet to lay any charges and are continuing their investigation by interviewing witnesses.

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