Sep 15 2010 Airdrie & Coatbridge
A PART-TIME postman who dumped four bags of mail in a field and more in his wheelie bin was shown mercy when he appeared at Airdrie Sheriff Court.
Christopher Hyland (21), of Mount Vernon Avenue, in Coatbridge, appeared in front of Sheriff Robert Dickson for sentencing for the offences, which took place between September 10, 2007 and July 7, 2008.
Depute Fiscal Kate Fleming said: “Four bags of mail were found in a field near Glenmavis Road. An enquiry was carried out and the accused was suspended from work.
“He was interviewed about the recovery and admitted that he had dumped them there as he was stressed about his papa’s funeral.”
After being interviewed and after the subsequent search of a wheelie bin at Hyland’s home address, a further 2229 items of mail were found.
Hyland’s defence agent said: “My client secured the job on a part-time basis through his uncle who worked there and was employed from January 2007 to July 2008.
“His hours of work were supposed to be from 9am to 1pm but it soon became apparent that he was having to work long hours to get through the work.
“The run he was given was in the Chapelhall area and despite going into work early to sort out his mail at 8am and starting his run at 9am, he wasn’t finishing until 5pm some days.
“He spoke to his uncle about it and was told that he just had to get on with it.
“He was so stressed that despite it being frowned upon, he started using his car to deliver the mail – and a blind eye was turned to this by his superiors.
“It got so bad that even his father was helping him to complete the runs but when his grandfather became ill he started visiting him straight from work when he finished. Despite this, he always turned up for his work.
“His grandfather died the day before the offence took place, according to him. He wasn’t thinking clearly at the time and discarded them in a field. He had intended to go back and get them.
“The 2229 items of mail found in the bin were supermarket flyers that the Royal Mail deliver as part of contract deals they have.
“Mr Hyland was entitled to claim a payment for delivering these but he didn’t make any claim.
“I’m informed that the Chapelhall run has now been split and is carried out by two people so that gives an indication of the pressure he was under.
Sheriff Robert Dickson said: “People who breach trust as you did normally face severe consequences. It is clear from what I hear that you were under severe pressure through carrying out the work of two people and through the death of your grandfather.
“This is not a case of a postman helping himself to items from the mail. It’s clear you need assistance with your problems”.
Sheriff Dickson placed Hyland on probation for two years.