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Cairns travel agent offered compensation after assault

The store manager of a Cairns travel agency has been offered $2000 and a letter of apology from the man who assaulted him.


Jon Michael Jensen was a customer of Paradise Adventure Travel when he became angry and threatened store manager Jim Won.


“I’ll kill your family,” Jensen menaced, the Cairns Post reported.


Claiming to be a member of the Rebels bikie gang, Jensen said, “I’ll bite off your nose and spit in your face”.


According to police prosecutor Senior Constable Trevor Woodman, after a witness tried to intervene Jensen turned to Won and spat in his face. The spit reportedly landed in Won’s mouth. 


“It’s a disgusting and vile offence,” Woodman said.  


“The manager of the shop was trying to do his job; they’re unknown to each other.”


Jensen pleaded guilty in the Cairns Magistrates Court to one count of common assault, which carries a maximum penalty of three years.


Jensen’s solicitor Natalie Keys, of Wettenhall Silva Osborne Butler Solicitors, argued that Jensen’s offending occurred during a “perfect storm of great emotional distress” around the anniversary of the death of his son.


Written by: Gaya Avery
Published: 11 October 2018

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