A former Rothesay postal worker who admitted stealing 1,656 door-to-door postal packets and intentionally delaying or opening 21 postal packets in the course of his duties was handed a community-based sentence at the town’s sheriff court on Monday.
Martin Kane (32), who had pleaded guilty to two charges at a hearing on October 7, was given six months to complete 240 hours of unpaid work as part of a 12-month community payback order.
Kane, now living at 37 Colinslea Drive, Paisley, had failed to deliver the door-to-door postal packages - the legal term for items such as advertising material and other items not addressed to specific people, which outside customers pay the Royal Mail to deliver to every household - between June 2010 and June 2013, and had intentionally delayed or opened the 21 individually-addressed and undelivered items between February 2010 and June 2013.
Both offences were committed at Rothesay delivery office, Kane’s then home address in Rothesay and elsewhere in the town.
Fiscal depute Lindy Scaife said Royal Mail had launched an investigation after becoming concerned at not receiving any paperwork for surcharges or customs charges from the Rothesay office, and that the 21 opened or delayed items included letters, greetings cards and hospital appointments.
The court was told Kane had struggled to cope with the workload after being given supervisory status following the retiral of the Rothesay delivery office’s manager, and that while he told his new line manager of his concerns, nothing had been done.
Colin Williamson, defending, said that Kane had effectively been asked to do the same job as his previous manager in substantially less time.
Mr Williamson, who acknowledged that the charge relating to the 21 postal packets was more serious, said his client had been “interested to know what sort of items had not been delivered”.
“When the investigation team came to Rothesay he told them exactly what had been going on,” Mr Williamson continued. “He co-operated fully, took the investigators to his home and pled guilty at the first opportunity.”
Mr Williamson told the court Kane, who had resigned before being dismissed, was now awaiting a start date for a new job as a storeman at Faslane.
Sheriff Ruth Anderson told Kane: “For an offence of this nature, custody has to be uppermost in my mind. However, given the particular circumstances, I will impose a community payback order in which you will carry out the maximum number of hours of unpaid work.”
* An 18-year-old woman who admitted assaulting her partner by shoulder-charging and head-butting him was given an absolute discharge at Rothesay Sheriff Court on Monday.
Emma Costello, whose address was given as 14 Mansefield Road, New Cumnock, pleaded guilty to committing the offence in Rothesay town centre on August 24.
* Jonathan Triplow (20), address given as Flat 0/2, 20 Castle Street, Rothesay, admitted behaving in a threatening or abusive manner by shouting and swearing at his home address on the same date as Costello’s offence; sentence was deferred for a criminal justice social work report.
* William Docherty (42), address given as Flat 1/3, 49 Castle Street, Port Bannatyne, admitted a charge of possessing a quantity of cannabis resin at his home address on September 12.
Sentence was deferred for a background report because Docherty had been subject to a community payback order when the offence was committed.