A FORMER Post Office worker has been fined after he stashed more than 1,000 undelivered letters and parcels in a lock-up.
Wayne Jevons, 32, pleaded guilty at West Cheshire Magistrates Court yesterday to delaying the delivery of 1,154 letters and parcels to houses across Deeside, Chester and Neston.
The court heard that police raided a lock up on Mainwaring Drive, Saltney, on June 24 last year and found a number of packages and nine bags of unopened mail. The lock up was being rented by Jevons and he was arrested but initally denied any involvement in putting the items in the lock up and said he was not renting it.
At the time Jevons, of Wirral View, Hawarden, had been working at Royal Mail for five years on a casual contract and the court heard he would be called into work when there was a backlog.
Richard Thomas, defending, said Jevons was not stealing anything from the mail and Royal Mail had acknowledged none of the items had been opened.
Mr Thomas said Jevons had simply been given too much mail to deliver and instead of handing it back for the Post Office workers in the morning he had hidden it because he was afraid of losing his hours and was “embarrassed” by not being able to complete the work
Mr Thomas said that at the time Jevons was a student at West Cheshire College working towards qualifications in mechanics, and he needed as many hours as possible to help fund his college course, but had taken on too much.
The court heard Jevons did have previous convictions but they were mostly for driving offences.
Mr Thomas said that since the incident last year Jevons had started working for Autoglass and had moved in to live with a new partner and her child.
Magistrates fined him £525 and ordered him to pay prosecution costs of £1,642 and a victim surcharge of £52.
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