A CAREER criminal who admitted storing hundreds of items of stolen post has been ordered to present himself at Limerick Prison on Friday to begin a two year sentence.
Christopher Little, aged 58, of St Michael’s Court, Watergate pleaded guilty to possession of more than 1,000 items of stolen post at an address at Wolfe Tone Terrace on January 28, 2011.
He also admitted stealing €840 by cashing a stolen cheque at Cash Converters, Parnell Street while a second man - Sean Leo, 24, of Kilballyowen, Bruff - admitted cashing or lodging stolen cheques worth almost €20,000.
During a sentencing hearing, Judge Carroll Moran was told a garda investigation was launched in September 2010 after a complaint was received from An Post.
Detective Garda Oliver Foley said there were a large number of incidents where post had been stolen as it was being delivered at locations across the city.
He said all of the cheques were stolen from postmen while they were on they were on their delivery run.
Some, he said, were stolen from postal vans, while other were taken from bicycles which are used in urban areas.
Det Garda Foley told John O’Sullivan BL, prosecuting, that Mr Little’s home was searched by gardai on January 27, 2011.
He said stolen cheques and bank drafts to the value of around €10,000 were found in a bin outside and that more than 1,000 items of stolen post were found during a follow-up search of a derelict property at Wolfe Tone Terrace which the defendant had access to.
David Sutton SC, said Mr Little is at the end of a “very long and unsuccessful craptiminal career” and that he has not come to the attention of gardai since.
He said his client, who has a young child, suffers from health issues as does his partner who he cares for.
Previously, Judge Moran was told Mr Leo did not steal any of the post but had been given the cheques and had
either attempted to cash them or lodge them into his own bank account.
He received a two year prison sentence, which was suspended for four years.
Judge Moran sentenced Mr Little to two years imprisonment but deferred the sentence to 1pm on Friday to allow him put his affairs in order.