Maurice McClintock is not the first postman to be found guilt of stealing
Case study 1: Nigel Black: took cash from birthday cardsNigel Black was jailed for six months after stealing hundreds of items of mail in search of money to feed his drink problem.
Black, from Silverstream Court, Enniskillen, targeted greeting cards generally sent to children in a hunt for cash. He would open the card, steal any money inside and burn the cards. The offences occurred between 2003 and June 2004.
Black was eventually caught after Royal Mail investigators mounted a sting operation at the Old Tempo Road delivery office. He later pleaded guilty to nine charges of stealing postal packets belonging to Royal Mail and nine counts of opening items sent in the post.
Case study 2: Nicholas Moore: hid 6,000 letters in his mum’s loft Nicholas Moore hid almost 6,000 letters and parcels because he could not be bothered to get up to deliver them.
Moore struggled to get out of bed in the morning so when he was running late at the end of his round he stashed the remaining mail away.
He put items in the boot of his car, in his mother’s loft and even in a basement at a shop where he also worked.
Moore (28), from Latchingdon, Essex, admitted he had been hiding post for five months. He pleaded guilty to stealing 5,876 letters and parcels between August 2007 and May 2009 and destroying 100 of them, and last week was jailed for four months.
Case study 3: Paul Noga: flat was swamped with 76,000 itemsPaul Noga stashed so much stolen mail in his flat that he was forced to move in with his mother because there was no room to live there.
Noga (38) failed to deliver thousands of birthday presents, Christmas cards, bank statements, personal letters and gift packages to residents on his Northumberland route.
When his flat became swamped with the 76,000 items of post, Noga simply abandoned his home.
By the time police searched the flat virtually every surface was covered.
Earlier this month Noga pleaded guilty at Newcastle Crown Court to stealing or delaying a total of 76,036 items of mail. He will be sentenced later in the year.