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Delivery driver spared jail for package thefts; MAN, 39, STOLE FROM PARCELS OVER CHRISTMAS.

Byline: ELLEN KIRWIN ECHO Reporter ellen.kirwin@trinitymirror.com @ellen_kirwin

A WIRRAL delivery driver who opened packages and stole from them over Christmas wept as he was spared jail.

Stephen Hacking, 39, appeared at Liverpool Crown Court charged with three counts of theft and one of opening post illegally.

The court heard Hacking, of Cobham Road, Moreton, admitted the four offences, which took place in December, 2015, while he worked for Parcelforce.

Items stolen had a combined cost of PS844.99; they included a mobile phone on December 10, boxes of shoes and wine on December 22, and watches and perfume on December 23.

Louise McCloskey, prosecuting, described how missing packages were recorded on Hacking's route from his first day of deliveries for Parcelforce.

On December 10, he said a customer had signed for a phone when in fact the customer was not in at the time and verified the forged signature was not his own.

On December 22, Hacking returned with 12 undelivered items, of which at least five had been opened and resealed.

Hacking claimed items were taken "when he had left the van open" and claimed someone must have set him up as he was new to the job, before backtracking and offering a guilty plea.

Judge Neil Flewitt, QC, said: "What you did was an appalling breach in trust, not only to your employers but members of the public using the service."

Charles Lander, defending, said Hacking wanted to "repay society" and was described by his wife in a statement as a "supporting, caring, understanding and thoughtful person".

Hacking cried in the dock as Mr Lander added: "It may be a late plea, but there is remorse there."

Judge Flewitt, QC, gave Hacking a 10-month suspended sentence provided he takes part in rehabilitation activity. He was also ordered to pay costs of PS9,252.

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