Cornish postman stole mail money for heroin habit

A Cornish postman who stole money and gift cards from parcels and letters to fund his heroin habit has been given a community order.

Ryan Kestell, 24, admitted three charges of theft and attempted theft during the summer.

At Bodmin Magistrates, Kestell, of Lynwood Terrace, Bodmin, admitted stealing £85 in cash and gift cards and attempting to steal 32 postal packets.

He was trapped by investigators who sent out test packages.

Kestell, who worked as a postman for four years, said he had got into the wrong peer group, had a heroin habit and needed £30 a day to fund it.

Nicola Chandler, defending, said her client felt disgusted and embarrassed by his actions.

He was given a 12 month community order with a drug rehab requirement and supervision.

Kestell has also been ordered to pay £200 in costs.

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