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Thursday 8 December 2016

Post office worker stole cash and voucher

A former post office worker admitted stealing post from a sorting office
A former post office worker admitted stealing post from a sorting office

A former post office worker who admitted stealing post from a sorting office has had her case adjourned so she can attend a treatment programme.

Carmel Vaughan (45), who has a "severe drink problem", took cash and vouchers from envelopes when she worked at An Post Sorting Office in Balbriggan last year.

Garda Nicholas Duane told Balbriggan District Court that the thefts took place on the same day when post went missing at the sorting office.

"The defendant was working there and was identified as the person who stole the cash and voucher from four different postal items," he said.

Vaughan, of Lambay View in Rush, Co Dublin, pleaded guilty to the theft of €55 and a €20 One4All voucher from post at the office at Balbriggan Business Park on August 20, 2014. Both the money and the voucher was recovered.

Defence solicitor John Hennessy said the mother-of-three made admissions to her supervisors and to the gardai and explained that Vaughan has a severe drink problem.

Vaughan has since resigned from her job.

Judge Patricia McNamara put the case back until October for Vaughan to attend a treatment programme and for an up-to-date psychiatric report.

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