A former security guard who worked as a postman for only one day and dumped nearly 1,000 letters and packages into a litter bin because he was too tired to complete his deliveries has been jailed for 14 months.
Peter Siviter started work with the Royal Mail last October just three weeks after losing his job as a security guard for stealing food from a Tamworth supermarket, Stafford Crown Court was told.
John Dove, prosecuting, said police recovered 851 items after a member of the public reported the dumped mail.
Siviter (34), of Orchard Street, The Leys, Tamworth, admitted intentionally delaying a quantity of postal packets, opening packages and three charges of stealing food from the supermarket, a local record store and mail found at his house.
He also admitted failing to surrender to a magistrates' court while on police bail.
"Post Office investigators went to his home and found three giro cheques in his garden," added Mr Dove.
"He immediately told them he had disposed of a quantity of mail in a bin because he struggled to deliver them.
"He told the investigators that after doing his walk for four-and-a-half hours it got too much for him and he decided to get rid of the mail in a bin."