Irish postman jailed for stealing parcels containing new cycling kit

Posted on: February 9th, 2018

Irish postman jailed for stealing cycling kit parcels

When cycling kit and equipment purchased online was going missing in the post, an Irish postman who is also a very keen cyclist became a suspect. He was caught; over a year after he began his repeated thefts. He only took cycling kit.


Irish postman jailed for stealing cycling kit parcels


A former postman, who is also a cyclist, has been sentenced to six months for stealing postal parcels containing cycling kit.

All of the parcels stolen contained cycling goods that were being posted to customers who bought them online.

After the same type of parcels had gone missing in the post repeatedly an electronic tracker was placed into a parcel.

And when that parcel let the sorting office with then-postman John Francis Woodhouse he was caught.

Mr Woodhouse (43) was sentenced to six months in prison at Ballymena Magistrates Court yesterday.

However, he was granted bail pending an appeal. The court was also told he had suffered a bereavement before the offences began and that depression was an issue for him.

Described as a “very keen cyclist” he was charged with stealing postal packets on dates unknown between Jun, 2016, and August, 2017.

The court heard that when he was caught all of the cycling kit he had stolen was found in his home at Bellisk Drive, Cushendall, Co Antrim.

District Judge Peter King told the convicted man he was guilty of theft and of breach of trust.

“In order for the public to have confidence in the postal system, those who operate it have to have the utmost integrity.”

The court was told that when he was questioned Woodhouse admitted to stealing the test package with the electronic tracker.

And he also admitted he had stolen parcels with cycling kit on previous dates. The court was told Mr Woodhouse no longer worked for Royal Mail.