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

A postal employee in Killarney who admitted to interfering with mail and taking away hard cash and lottery cards from two of the packets has been offered a two-thirty day period suspended jail sentence.

Peter O’Brien (aged 52) of Barleymount East, Killarney, pleaded responsible at Killarney District Courtroom now to 12 prices, two of them for theft, as properly as interference and/or destruction of packets in the postal system. All offences relevant to January 29, 2021.

Decide Joanne Carroll explained that the general public has to have confidence in the postal process, and this experienced been dented by O’Brien’s steps. She refused solicitor Padraig O’Connell’s plea to implement the Probation Act.

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

4 National Lottery scratch cards to the worth of €14 ended up stolen from one particular package, and €80 was stolen in the scenario of a further, both of those offences contrary to Section 4 of the Criminal Justice (Theft and Fraud Act) 2001.

Two prices linked to the destruction of the contents of the postal packets, opposite to Part 55 of The Publish Business Act 1908.

7 distinct addresses were being involved — 6 belonging to females, and 1 belonging to a person.

Garda Inspector Vincent Brick outlined how, on Saturday, January 16, 2021, at the An Publish Sorting Place of work in Killarney, CCTV had captured O’Brien eliminating mail objects without the need of permission or getting in an official potential to do so. 

He was also found eradicating objects from the missorted mail tray in the mail room. This was reported to the responsibility supervisor.

When he was arrested on January 29, an supplemental 4 mail objects had been uncovered in his pocket, Insp Brick stated.

O’Brien was an employee of An Submit, he was interfering with the mail, figuring out envelopes, taking away contents, then destroying the packets so they would not get to their location, the court read.

He co-operated thoroughly and had no former convictions, the garda claimed.

O’Brien’s solicitor Padraig O’Connell claimed his client was a married gentleman with 3 little ones, and he requested that he not get a felony conviction and the Probation Act be applied.

“His background is only excellent,” the solicitor claimed. In his key, he experienced performed in intention for Kerry, each in soccer and in football.

“Unfortunately, he has liquor addictions and gambling addictions,” the solicitor mentioned, referring to clinical stories handed into court. 

He was now receiving enable and was a reformed man or woman. He experienced reimbursed the €80 and the scratch playing cards.

He had dropped his work, and had pretty much lost his home.

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

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

“He has compensated a large price, and he utterly regrets it,” the solicitor explained.

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

O’Brien experienced held a dependable career, and his actions had dented confidence in the postal technique, she explained. 

The grandmother in Kerry sending €20 to the youngster in Dublin for a To start with Communion ought to truly feel self-assured it would get there, she extra.

Decide Carroll sentenced O’Brien to two months in jail on the theft rates, taking the different other rates into thing to consider, and she suspended the sentence. Recognisances were fastened in the celebration of an appeal.