By Kelly-Ann Kiernan , Chief Reporter
Thursday, March 22, 2012
A POST office worker who opened parcels and stole their contents has been convicted.
Suman Verma pinched 15 postal packets while working at the Moors Walk post office in Panshanger, WGC, in December last year.
The 27-year-old from Clarkson Court, Hatfield, found the parcels belonging to numerous victims contained cash, gift cards, face cream, lip gloss and a calendar.
Verma pleaded guilty to the theft and was also convicted of being in breach of duty as a postal operator by intentionally opening packets in the course of their transmission through the post.
Verma was given a jail sentence of 12 weeks as the offence was so serious and breached the trust of the public, but the term was suspended for six months.
She was given a four week curfew and electronic tag, and was also ordered to pay compensation of £2,457.65 and court costs of £200.