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Post worker on €25k theft charge to be tried by jury

A POST office worker accused of stealing €25,000 cash from a business client of An Post while he worked in the central cash office is now facing trial in the Circuit Court after a judge refused to hear his case in the District Court.

Morgan Sheehy (54) is also charged with falsifying an accounting document to hide that he had taken the money, which has not been recovered.

A court previously heard Sheehy lost his job in the GPO on Dublin's O'Connell Street following the allegation.

The case first came before the courts in November 2009 and Judge John Coughlan accepted jurisdiction of the matter, after the DPP directed summary disposal in the District Court.

The matter was back before Blanchardstown District Court for Sheehy to indicate a plea but Judge Hugh O'Donnell refused jurisdiction, deciding the matter was too serious for the District Court.

Sheehy, of Castaheaney, Clonee, is charged with falsifying an accounting document in an attempt to make gain for himself. It is alleged he reduced the lodgement from a business customer from €57,500 down to €32,500. He is also accused of stealing €25,000 in the same incident on August 14 last year.

Outlining the allegation, Detective Garda Paul McHugh said Sheehy was working on August 14 when Group 4 Security arrived with a business deposit from Lidl, for €57,500.

Gda McHugh claimed that Sheehy changed entered a figure of €32,500 in the Cash Remittance Unit's cash book, put that money in the safe and stole the balance of the money, some €25,000, which has not been recovered.

The case was adjourned for two weeks.