An Post worker accused of hoarding 420 letters
THIS is the An Post office worker who was allegedly found with hundreds of undelivered letters after gardai searched his car and home.
David Fetherston (26) was working for An Post when his car was checked and 270 letters found inside, it is alleged.
Dublin District Court heard more mail was found in a follow-up search of his north Dublin home.
Fetherston was remanded on continuing bail when he appeared in court charged in connection with the incident. He is also facing a new charge of handling stolen property.
Fetherston, of Moatview Drive, Coolock, is charged with four counts of opening post at Moatview Gardens. The offence is under the Postal Services Act. He is also charged with a further two counts of fraudulently retaining mail at his home.
The offences are alleged to have happened on dates between April 1 and 7, 2010.
The latest charge against him is that he was in possession of a stolen One4All voucher at Moatview Gardens between the same dates.
Judge Denis McLoughlin remanded him on bail to a date later this month, for mention and to set a date for the hearing of the case.
He extended legal aid to cover the new charge, at the request of his solicitor Lauren Martin.
At a previous sitting, a State solicitor told the court the accused's car was stopped and searched and two bags of mail containing 270 unopened letters were allegedly found inside. The letters were addressed to other locations and had not been delivered.
Another three letters and one package not addressed to the accused had been opened, but there was no monetary value on the contents, it was alleged.
When gardai searched the defendant's home, it was allegedly discovered that a further 154 undelivered letters were detained there. None of them had been opened.
It was alleged that a €50 One4All voucher had been taken and used.
The court heard An Post had notified gardai that the mail consisted of general letters destined for addresses other than the accused.
It has been estimated that if the case goes to hearing, it will be lengthy, with at least 10 prosecution witnesses.