Friday 20 April 2018

Post Office employee who stole cheques worth €3k was 'pressed for money'

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Judge Grainne O’Neill imposed a four-month sentence, but suspended it for one year.

Eimear Cotter

A former post office worker who stole three envelopes and was caught handling two stolen cheques was falling into debt at the time, a court heard.

Adekule Adebowale (51) has since been fired by An Post, and his solicitor said he had "lost everything".

Judge Grainne O'Neill imposed a four-month sentence, but suspended it for one year.

The defendant, with an address at Castle Gate Place in Adamstown, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to handling two stolen cheques, valued at €2,827 and €499.

The incident took place at Jamestown Business Park in Finglas on June 18, 2015.

Adebowale also admitted to stealing a greeting card with €20 in cash, an envelope containing a doctor's certificate and a pair of socks worth €12.

Sergeant Walter Sweeney said Adebowale's bag was searched as he was leaving the sorting office shortly after 7pm.

Sgt Sweeney said Adebowale had three letters from the sorting office, as well as two stolen cheques, a doctor's certificate and €20 in cash that was in a greeting card.

The court heard the property was recovered, and there was no loss to the victims.


The court heard that Adebowale had never been in trouble before.

Defence solicitor Simon Fleming said Adebowale worked for An Post for 10 years but was fired following this incident. Mr Fleming said this incident has had "catastrophic effects" on the defendant, who had "lost everything", and his "marriage has disintegrated".

The solicitor said Adebowale, a father of three, was falling into debt and was "pressed for money" at the time of this incident.

Mr Fleming also said Adebowale is "very much a broken man".

He said the defendant was "weak psychologically and mentally" and was suffering from suicidal ideation.


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