Truck driver punched an Environment Protection Authority officer in the head and threatened him with a plank of wood

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Truck driver punched an Environment Protection Authority officer in the head and threatened him with a plank of wood

  • Gavin Piller abused and assaulted Environment Protection Authority officers
  • Truck driver punched one in the head and threatened him with a plank of wood 
  • Piller was  given a four-month suspended jail sentence and fined £2,100

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An Adelaide truck driver who abused and assaulted Environment Protection Authority officers, punching one in the head and threatening him with a plank of wood, has been given a four-month suspended jail sentence.

Gavin Piller was also fined £2,100 in the Environment, Resources and Development Court on Tuesday after pleading guilty to two counts of hindering EPA officers and two counts of assaulting an EPA officer.

The charges related to an incident in April 2018 when the officers were investigating claims of asbestos being illegally stored at a business at suburban Largs Bay.

Truck driver Gavin Piller abused and assaulted Environment Protection Authority officers, punching one in the head and threatening him with a plank of wood

They were documenting the contents of two skip bins containing wrapped and unwrapped asbestos when they were abused and attacked.

In a statement after Piller's court appearance, the authority said the sentence sent a strong message to anyone who would abuse or assault a government officer.

'To launch a tirade or profanities and then physically attack EPA officers, who were on-site to investigate the illegal storage of asbestos, is completely unacceptable,' EPA chief executive Tony Circelli said.

The company, GP and Sons Demolition, was also convicted on two counts and fined £49,000 for illegally storing asbestos at its Largs Bay depot and also at a site at nearby Wingfield without a licence.

Truck driver punched an Environment Protection Authority officer in the head and threatened him with a plank of wood

The company, GP and Sons Demolition, was also convicted on two counts and fined £49,000 for illegally storing asbestos

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