Thursday 22 February 2018

Post office manager admitted tampering with urine, court told

Kevin Rogers: outside courtBrian McDonald

A WITNESS told a court that the manager of a post office on trial for perverting the course of justice confessed to him that he had tampered with a urine sample in a drink-driving case.

Joe Miley of Knockcroghery, Co Roscommon, whose son Mark is a postman, described a series of conversations he had with post office manager Kevin Rogers.

Joe Miley was giving evidence at Roscommon Circuit Criminal Court where Mr Rogers (50) of Mote Park, Roscommon, denies perverting the course of natural justice by interfering or tampering with potential evidence on March 5, 2012.

The court heard that the urine sample had been taken from Michael Lyons, another Roscommon Post Officer worker and friend of Mr Rogers, arising from a road traffic accident on March 3 last year.

Yesterday, Joe Miley said that two men had called to his home on March 28 looking for his son.

He did not know that the men were detectives or that his son was being arrested as part of the garda investigation into the matter.

He contacted Kevin Rogers who later told him that he was afraid his son had been a victim of a tiger kidnapping.

Joe Miley said he was so concerned that he drove to the post office to speak to Mr Rogers.

He said Mr Rogers looked gaunt as he approached the car. He said: "He said 'it's Smack's urine sample' – Smack was Michael Lyons".

Joe Miley said he asked if his son had tampered with it.

"He said 'No, no, no. I did it. Mark did nothing'," Mr Miley said.

The trial continues.

Irish Independent

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