Saturday 20 January 2018

Jail for postmaster who took €4k in savings

Derek Tierney at Blanchardstown District Court. Photo: Garret White
Derek Tierney at Blanchardstown District Court. Photo: Garret White

Eimear Cotter

A postmaster who took €4,000 from two savings accounts to cover cash flow shortfalls has been jailed for four months.

Derek Tierney (34) lost his job running Finglas South post office after he admitted removing the money.

The father-of-three, of Aspen Lawn, Clonsilla, pleaded guilty before Blanchardstown District Court to two counts of theft on May 16, 2012.

Det Garda James Duffy from the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation told the court gardai were asked to investigate after the victim wrote to complain to An Post.

The father of two had lodged €1,500 into each of his daughter's accounts at Finglas on May 14 last year.

Four days later, he discovered one account had €1,500 less than the balance recorded in the account book, while the second was €2,500 short.

The garda said the money was withdrawn from the victim's accounts on May 16, 2012.

The court heard the man spoke to Tierney, who had lodged the cash, who claimed he accidentally hit the wrong buttons at the time and re-lodged the €4,000 into the accounts.

Gda Duffy said Tierney claimed he took the money to cover shortfalls in the daily cash flow.

He also made good the cash shortfall.

Defence solicitor John O'Doherty said Tierney, a married father with a clear record, accepted he did wrong and had lost his job of 14 years as a result.

Mr O'Doherty said the victim did not lose any money.

Imposing a four month sentence, Judge David McHugh said it was a very sad case and there were no winners in it.

However, he said Tierney had been in a position of trust and he had breached that trust.

The defendant immediately appealed the sentence.

(The Herald)

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