Lazy postman who dumped 2500 letters in his boot avoids jail
A postman failed to deliver thousands of letters over a period of nearly two years out of "pure laziness", a court has heard.
Oliver Ennis (27) avoided jail after Judge Martin Nolan at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court said that he didn't even know the offence existed until the case came before him yesterday.
Over the course of nearly two years, Ennis stashed undelivered letters in his car boot so he could finish his shifts early.
Ennis, of Pearse House, Pearse Street, pleaded guilty to "detaining and delaying" more than 2,500 pieces of post at the Shelbourne Road Sorting Office between December 1, 2008 and July 8, 2010.
He faced a maximum sentence of five years or a €50,000 fine. The judge said: "It would never have struck me that this was a criminal offence until it was brought to my attention.
"And thanks be to God it doesn't apply to barristers when they're supposed to send letters," he said, to laughter from the court.
The judge said Ennis had embarrassed his employer "to a great degree", but noted he made no financial gain from the offence. He sentenced him to 18 months which he suspended for two years.
Garda Karen Fitzsimmons told prosecuting counsel Melanie Greally that, in April 2010, An Post received a complaint about undelivered post in the Beggars Bush area and started an investigation.
They sent two test letters and monitored their delivery. Ennis was observed doing his postal route but not delivering the letters. He was seen finishing his shift and going home early. Gardai later called to his home and asked him about the undelivered post.
Ennis initially said he had six "dead", undeliverable, letters in his car. However, gardai then found 2,500 more letters and packages in his car boot. He was arrested and admitted not delivering any of the letters.
He said if a letter was difficult to deliver he would just keep it in his car so he could finish work early.
He said his only excuse was "pure laziness" and if he was delivering a package and the recipient was not there to sign for it, he would stash it in his car instead of putting it back in the system.
Defence counsel Luigi Rea said Ennis made no financial gain from the crime and none of the post had been opened.
He added that Ennis had no previous convictions and had now lost his job and reputation.