Post­man's se­cret stash

Costa Blanca News (North Edition) - - NEWS - By Shel­ley Lid­del

AN AL­COY post­man could face up to three years in prison af­ter a stash of 3,200 let­ters was found in a store­room.

The post­man was em­ployed by Correos from 2002 un­til 2015, de­liv­er­ing mail to Ibi, Al­coy and Ali­cante.

As from 2007, he worked out of On­te­niente post of­fice.

His stash was dis­cov­ered when a neigh­bour re­ported that he was stor­ing an un­usu­ally large amount of let­ters in a store­room.

Correos had al­ready sus- pended him for ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties in de­liv­er­ies in De­cem­ber 2014.

He was sacked in April 2015, af­ter the store­room episode.

The ma­jor­ity of the un­de­liv­ered mail was ad­dressed to homes in Ibi and On­te­niente.

Over the years, the post­man had been hoard­ing a pile of un­de­liv­ered mail. Amongst the let­ters found were of­fi­cial cor­re­spon­dence from the au­thor­i­ties, 162 cer­ti­fied let­ters, of­fi­cial no­ti­fi­ca­tions, driv­ing li­cences, pre­scrip­tion pads, as well as let­ters from the health and em­ploy­ment au­thor­i­ties, bank let­ters, in­sur­ance let­ters, elec­tion pro­pa­ganda, pri­vate let­ters and junk mail.

Some let­ters also con­tained cheques, although the man was not thought to have mis­ap­pro­pri­ated any money.

The post­man was charged with "dis­loy­alty in the cus­tody of doc­u­ments".

The pub­lic pros­e­cu­tor con­sid­ers that he dam­aged the in­ter­ests of the in­tended re­cip­i­ents of the cor­re­spon­dence. Many of the let­ters were re­tained as ev­i­dence by the court for the up­com­ing trial.

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