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Postman who stole charity cash makes €500 donation

A POSTMAN who stole cash donations and opened envelopes which donors were sending to an overseas charity has been left without a conviction after he made a contribution to a children's charity.

Paul Ellard (48) was caught stealing the cash from a post office box in south Dublin after detectives set up a surveillance operation.

He also admitted illegally opening eight other charity envelopes. A court had heard that Irish donors were sending the cash donations to a UK-based charity fighting poverty in South Africa.

Judge John O'Connor struck out the charges after Ellard donated €500 to the Children's Sunshine House Hospice Fund.

Ellard, of Cromlech Fields, Ballybrack, had admitted before Dun Laoghaire District Court to eight counts of opening a postal packet.

He had also admitted theft in Glenageary on July 11 last year.