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

A postal employee in Killarney who admitted to interfering with mail and getting rid of dollars and lottery cards from two of the packets has been given a two-thirty day period suspended jail sentence.

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

Decide Joanne Carroll mentioned that the general public has to have assurance in the postal system, and this had been dented by O’Brien’s actions. She refused solicitor Padraig O’Connell’s plea to utilize the Probation Act.

Eight of the offences have been that O’Brien deliberately delayed, interfered with, and opened a postal packet tackled to a different, opposite to his duty as “an personnel of the postal company supplier”, opposite to part 53 (1) (a) of the Communications Regulation Postal Solutions Act 2011.

Four Nationwide Lottery scratch cards to the worth of €14 had been stolen from a single package, and €80 was stolen in the case of one more, both offences contrary to Part 4 of the Prison Justice (Theft and Fraud Act) 2001.

Two expenses similar to the destruction of the contents of the postal packets, contrary to Part 55 of The Post Business office Act 1908.

7 distinctive addresses had been associated — six belonging to gals, and a person belonging to a male.

Garda Inspector Vincent Brick outlined how, on Saturday, January 16, 2021, at the An Write-up Sorting Workplace in Killarney, CCTV experienced captured O’Brien taking away mail objects devoid of authorization or currently being in an formal capacity to do so. 

He was also noticed taking away goods from the missorted mail tray in the mail place. This was claimed to the responsibility manager.

When he was arrested on January 29, an added 4 mail goods were identified in his pocket, Insp Brick said.

O’Brien was an worker of An Article, he was interfering with the mail, identifying envelopes, taking away contents, then destroying the packets so they would not access their location, the courtroom heard.

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

O’Brien’s solicitor Padraig O’Connell explained his client was a married guy with 3 children, and he asked that he not obtain a prison conviction and the Probation Act be used.

“His history is only superior,” the solicitor explained. In his prime, he experienced performed in intention for Kerry, both of those in soccer and in soccer.

“Unfortunately, he has alcohol addictions and gambling addictions,” the solicitor stated, referring to medical studies handed into court. 

He was now obtaining aid and was a reformed man or woman. He had reimbursed the €80 and the scratch playing cards.

He experienced lost his work, and had almost shed his property.

He was hero-worshipped in his hometown of Killarney, and his slide from grace is enormous,” the solicitor claimed.

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

“He has paid out a weighty value, and he utterly regrets it,” the solicitor claimed.

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

O’Brien experienced held a dependable occupation, and his actions experienced dented self esteem in the postal process, she said. 

The grandmother in Kerry sending €20 to the youngster in Dublin for a Very first Communion have to really feel assured it would arrive, she included.

Decide Carroll sentenced O’Brien to two months in prison on the theft fees, having the numerous other costs into consideration, and she suspended the sentence. Recognisances had been fixed in the celebration of an enchantment.