Angry man beat up Amazon driver who knocked on the door during football match

-Credit: (Image: Hull Live)
-Credit: (Image: Hull Live)

A bad-tempered Amazon customer viciously and repeatedly punched a delivery driver who had unwittingly annoyed him by knocking on his door to hand over a parcel while he was avidly watching football on TV.

Colin Hunt was "abrupt" with the unsuspecting man about being disturbed while he was watching the football at his home – but he then completely over-reacted when the delivery driver allegedly spat at him. He believed that the driver had "severely provoked" him by spitting at him and he angrily threw a series of punches at the man in revenge during a "prolonged and persistent" beating, a court heard.

Hunt, 63, of Henry Street, Goole, denied assaulting the delivery driver, causing actual bodily harm, on March 12 last year but he was convicted after a trial before Beverley magistrates. The case was committed to Hull Crown Court for sentence.


Abigail Rowley, prosecuting, said that the driver went to Hunt's home to deliver a parcel for Amazon at 3.17pm and he knocked on the door. "He could hear shouting from inside the property," said Miss Rowley.

Hunt appeared at the window before opening the door with force. He asked the delivery driver: "Why the f*** are you knocking like that? I am watching the football."

Hunt stood very close to the man, causing the driver to step backwards, and as the man handed the parcel over, Hunt punched him on the nose. The man staggered backwards and Hunt pushed his thumb into the man's eye.

They wrestled with one another before the delivery driver managed to get Hunt off him. Hunt approached him and threw clenched-fist punches at him, two of which hit him in the head area.

An Amazon delivery driver was punched by  man in Hull when he knocked on the door during a football match
An Amazon delivery driver was punched by man in Hull when he knocked on the door during a football match -Credit:PA

The driver tried to get back to his van but Hunt continued to throw punches, which the man tried to block. The driver managed to walk to his van but Hunt pressed him against it and he continued to throw punches.

The driver threw a punch in self-defence but Hunt launched five or six more punches, mostly aimed at the man's head. Hunt pulled him to the floor and he continued to shout and to throw punches at his body.

The driver punched Hunt, allowing him to get inside his delivery van and he shouted for the police. "He drove further down the street in an attempt to distance himself," said Miss Rowley. Hunt returned to the van but the driver told him to get away and he pressed the van's horn.

Police attended and the driver was visibly distressed and crying. "Blood was running down his face," said Miss Rowley. There was blood inside the van.

"It was a prolonged and persistent assault with multiple punches thrown," said Miss Rowley. "The victim was vulnerable due to the circumstances that he was a delivery driver just doing his job."

The delivery driver later said: "I come to work every day and I do not expect to be assaulted by a customer for delivering what they have requested to be delivered."

Hunt, a supermarket worker, told the court that he had never denied punching the delivery driver but he did dispute the number of times that it was claimed that he hit the man.

"I agree that everybody should be able to go about their job without fear of being attacked," he said. "I was severely provoked."

He claimed that the delivery driver spat at him and this was what enraged him. "Nobody expects to be spat at," he said. "I totally accept that I reacted badly to all that. I feel that I was severely provoked." Hunt had no previous convictions.

Recorder Simon Jackson KC told Hunt: "What you did was way beyond any form of self-defence because you were not under attack at that stage."

Hunt was "abrupt" with the delivery driver after he knocked at the door. Recorder Jackson said that he accepted Hunt's claim that the driver spat at him. "I am satisfied that you would not have acted in the way that you did unless you had been provoked," he said.

"You went back in your house but you couldn't leave it and you went back out again. There are anger issues when you are stressed."

Hunt was given 150 hours' unpaid work and 10 days' rehabilitation. He was ordered to pay £705 costs.