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City ranger charged with assault

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

A City of Albany ranger has been charged with assault after a parking dispute with a delivery driver outside an Albany cafe earlier this month.

The 56-year-old man was charged by Albany police on Friday after a three-week investigation into the altercation outside Cosi’s Cafe on February 6.

Police charged the man with one count of common assault with circumstances of aggravation and one count of unlawful damage.

Police allege the City ranger assaulted the victim, 62, when he was issuing a parking ticket to him.

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Delivery driver Peter Kinnane had doubled parked on Peels Place while delivering produce, which allegedly led to the dispute.

Several members of the public reportedly intervened before police arrived.

“During the altercation minor damage was done to a vehicle parked nearby,” police said in a statement.

City of Albany chief executive Andrew Sharpe said the City was “extremely disappointed” with the incident that resulted in charges.

“The City of Albany is extremely disappointed that a member of its staff was involved in an incident that has resulted in police laying charges,” Mr Sharpe said in a statement yesterday.

“Our investigation into the incident has concluded; however, we are unable to make any further comment on the matter as it is subject to a legal process.”

The man will appear in Albany Magistrate’s Court on March 7.

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