Ex-postal worker avoids jail after thefts from mail

IPSWICH: A former Royal Mail worker has avoided a prison sentence after admitting stealing money, vouchers, tickets and zoo passes from letters and packages.

Clare Kislak, who had worked in Ipswich sorting mail for more than four years until her crimes were discovered, previously pleaded guilty to four offences at South East Suffolk Magistrates’ Court.

The 21-year-old, of Lavender Hill, returned to face magistrates at the court in Elm Street, Ipswich yesterday for sentencing.

The court heard how Kislak admitted two charges of theft of postal packets and a further two counts of opening postal packets in the course of their transmission.

Speaking on behalf of her client, defence solicitor Claire Hullock said Kislak was “very remorseful”.

She said: “Her embarrassment was made worse by the fact her dad is a postman at the sorting office.”

She said Kislak had got into �2,000 of debt, not through an extravagant lifestyle but poor financial management, prompting her to act in the way she did.

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The thefts took place between October 30 last year and January 25 this year.

Among the property stolen relating to the first theft charge was �285 and $50 in cash.

Kislak also admitted stealing 11 gift cards, �205 in gift vouchers, five annual zoo passes and two theatre tickets.

One of the charges of opening a postal packet related to the same dates.

Kislak also admitted a further offence of taking �10 from a postal packet on January 25 this year.

The second charge of opening a postal packet also refers to this date.

Kevin McCarthy, prosecuting, said suspicions had been raised by Kislak’s colleagues which had prompted an investigation.

He said the 21-year-old admitted what she had done straight away when she was interviewed by the Royal Mail investigation department.

Kislak was told she could have faced a jail term for her crimes but thanks to her previous good character and guilty pleas she was spared custody.

She was ordered to undertake 150 hours of unpaid work within 12 months and ordered to pay �10 compensation and �100 towards the total costs of �2,800.

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