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Ex-postman jailed for stealing packages in the mail containing cycling products

John Woodhouse was caught after a tracking device was placed on a parcel

An ex-postman from Northern Ireland who has been described as “a very keen cyclist” has been sentenced to six months’ imprisonment after stealing packages in the mail containing cycling products.

John Woodhouse, aged 43 and from Cushendall, County Antrim, had earlier pleaded guilty at Ballymena Magistrates’ Court to theft of mail in transmission, reports the Belfast Telegraph.

He stole the packages from the Royal Mail Ballymena Delivery Office between 10 June 2016 and 8 August 2017. He did not use the products or sell them on, but kept them in his car and at his home.

"This is a gross breach of trust,” district judge Peter King told him. “You were employed as a postal delivery man.

"I struggle to see a greater breach of trust than a postman stealing the mail.

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

Woodhouse was caught when a tracking device was put on a package from a business related to cycling, with investigators able to ascertain that it was taken from the sorting office at the same time as Woodhouse left the premises.

Speaking in mitigation on behalf of Woodhouse, barrister Neil Moore admitted that his client had committed a "gross breach of trust" but emphasised that he had made "full and frank admissions."

He added that Woodhouse had expressed “extreme regret” at his actions, which happened while he was suffering from depression following a bereavement, and that all goods stolen had been recovered.

Woodhouse has reportedly been released on bail of £500 pending an appeal.

Simon joined road.cc as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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brooksby | 6 years ago
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Do you think this is why Race Cycles (I think) of County Antrim have always received such terrible reviews on the forums here?  Last time I looked it was at like 1 gazillion comments...  

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Yorkshire wallet | 6 years ago
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His mistake was outing himself to be a cyclist and the lowest of the low. If he'd stolen iphones he'd have got community service.

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Lazereyes | 6 years ago
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he got as much jail time as if he killed cyclist while text driving ....

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ClubSmed | 6 years ago
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As he did not use or sell the cycling products he was probably just adicted to haribo yes

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The Rake replied to ClubSmed | 6 years ago
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ClubSmed wrote:

As he did not use or sell the cycling products he was probably just adicted to haribo yes

wiggle haven't sent me any Haribo for ages

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HLaB replied to The Rake | 6 years ago
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The Rake wrote:
ClubSmed wrote:

As he did not use or sell the cycling products he was probably just adicted to haribo yes

wiggle haven't sent me any Haribo for ages

Like but don't like, its the same for me :-o

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StraelGuy replied to The Rake | 6 years ago
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The Rake wrote:

wiggle haven't sent me any Haribo for ages

 

I ordered and received a set of fluorescent pink Pedro's tyre levers from Tredz this week and it came with two packets of Haribo. So there yes.

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Bmblbzzz replied to StraelGuy | 6 years ago
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StraelGuy wrote:
The Rake wrote:

wiggle haven't sent me any Haribo for ages

 

I ordered and received a set of fluorescent pink Pedro's tyre levers from Tredz this week and it came with two packets of Haribo. So there yes.

Fluorescent pink Haribo? I'm off to order from Tredz!

Oh hang on, let me read that again... 

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Cliff Matthews replied to The Rake | 6 years ago
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The Rake wrote:
ClubSmed wrote:

As he did not use or sell the cycling products he was probably just adicted to haribo yes

wiggle haven't sent me any Haribo for ages

You need to ask your postman.

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davel | 6 years ago
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"I struggle to see a greater breach of trust than a postman stealing the mail."

Judges eh. Fook me.

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check12 replied to davel | 6 years ago
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davel wrote:

"I struggle to see a greater breach of trust than a postman stealing the mail." Judges eh. Fook me.

it's the pinnacle of breach of trust! Oh wait no, I've thought of worse in 10seconds...

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