A LEICHHARDT dad faced court after he threatened a postal worker he thought was trying to harm his dogs.
The postie was delivering mail on Wentworth St, when two dogs busted out of a home and ran towards him.
They were followed by their owner Joel Yarrow who was yelling and swearing at the postman, warning him not to touch his pets.
Yarrow, 21, came within a few centimetres of the postal worker's face and raised his fist as if to punch him.
When his two dogs ran off down the street, Yarrow left the postman alone to chase them.
The postman made a formal complaint to police about the incident the following day.
At Ipswich Magistrates Court last week, Yarrow pleaded guilty to one count of common assault.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Brad Dick said that Yarrow told police he thought the postman had been trying to run over his dogs.
The father of one emphasized that although he threatened to hit the postie, he never actually touched him.
The court was told that Yarrow was currently on a 15-month probation sentence, which he had been given on February 23 for a string of other charges.
Magistrate Barry Cosgrove told Yarrow that dogs often became agitated by postal workers who were delivering mail and if he had a problem with his pets then he should keep them better secured.
"If a postal worker ever attacked your dog, then you make an appropriate complaint to the police," Mr Cosgrove said.
"You never take the law into your own hands."
Yarrow was convicted and not further punished.
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