• September 30, 2021

Kerry postal employee who took dollars and lottery tickets from mail spared jail

A postal worker in Killarney who admitted to interfering with mail and eliminating funds and lottery cards from two of the packets has been given a two-month suspended jail sentence.

Peter O’Brien (aged 52) of Barleymount East, Killarney, pleaded responsible at Killarney District Court docket these days to 12 rates, two of them for theft, as effectively as interference and/or destruction of packets in the postal method. All offences similar to January 29, 2021.

Choose Joanne Carroll said that the public has to have self confidence in the postal technique, and this experienced been dented by O’Brien’s actions. She refused solicitor Padraig O’Connell’s plea to use the Probation Act.

8 of the offences were that O’Brien intentionally delayed, interfered with, and opened a postal packet resolved to yet another, opposite to his duty as “an employee of the postal provider supplier”, opposite to section 53 (1) (a) of the Communications Regulation Postal Solutions Act 2011.

Four Nationwide Lottery scratch playing cards to the worth of €14 ended up stolen from a person package, and €80 was stolen in the situation of an additional, both equally offences opposite to Segment 4 of the Prison Justice (Theft and Fraud Act) 2001.

Two prices similar to the destruction of the contents of the postal packets, opposite to Portion 55 of The Post Business office Act 1908.

Seven unique addresses were involved — six belonging to females, and one particular belonging to a guy.

Garda Inspector Vincent Brick outlined how, on Saturday, January 16, 2021, at the An Publish Sorting Workplace in Killarney, CCTV experienced captured O’Brien eradicating mail products without having authorization or staying in an formal ability to do so. 

He was also witnessed taking away products from the missorted mail tray in the mail space. This was documented to the obligation manager.

When he was arrested on January 29, an further four mail products were being found in his pocket, Insp Brick mentioned.

O’Brien was an staff of An Post, he was interfering with the mail, determining envelopes, getting rid of contents, then destroying the packets so they would not reach their place, the courtroom heard.

He co-operated totally and had no previous convictions, the garda claimed.

O’Brien’s solicitor Padraig O’Connell reported his customer was a married male with a few children, and he questioned that he not get a criminal conviction and the Probation Act be used.

“His history is only very good,” the solicitor explained. In his prime, he had performed in aim for Kerry, the two in soccer and in soccer.

“Unfortunately, he has alcoholic beverages addictions and gambling addictions,” the solicitor stated, referring to professional medical reports handed into courtroom. 

He was now obtaining assistance and was a reformed particular person. He experienced reimbursed the €80 and the scratch playing cards.

He experienced shed his career, and had pretty much dropped his dwelling.

He was hero-worshipped in his hometown of Killarney, and his fall from grace is substantial,” the solicitor stated.

O’Brien had performed in target for Dr Crokes GAA soccer club, and experienced been on the Kerry senior football panel.

“He has compensated a major value, and he totally regrets it,” the solicitor mentioned.

Judge Carroll mentioned there experienced been “an appalling breach of trust” viz-a-viz his employer, An Publish. 

O’Brien had held a accountable position, and his actions had dented self confidence in the postal procedure, she claimed. 

The grandmother in Kerry sending €20 to the boy or girl in Dublin for a Initially Communion must truly feel self-confident it would get there, she additional.

Choose Carroll sentenced O’Brien to two months in prison on the theft costs, using the many other prices into thought, and she suspended the sentence. Recognisances ended up set in the function of an appeal.