A POSTMAN dumped his mail in bins because he was angry at the way bosses treated him after he was bitten by a dog.
Hundreds of undelivered letters and mail packets were discovered in wheeled bins outside Edward Green’s Newsome home.
A court heard that the 55-year-old was upset at Royal Mail following an incident where an Alsatian Staffordshire cross savaged his leg during one of his rounds.
Kirklees magistrates were told that suspicions arose in November that Green, who worked in the Slaithwaite area, was not delivering his mail.
Investigators placed two test letters into the system and neither were delivered by the ex-Army man.
Green’s vehicle and his home in Newsome Road were searched.
Charles Watson, prosecuting on behalf of the Royal Mail, said: “Recovered from two wheeled bins were 253 addressed and 290 door-to-door postal packets.
“The stamped dates were between October 30 and November 5.”
Green was arrested and later suspended from his job, which he had held for four-and-a-half years.
Mr Watson said: “He said: ‘I couldn’t be bothered, I was too lazy to deliver it on the day.”
Green added that most of the undelivered mail was magazines and mail shots.
Mr Watson said: “He admitted these disposals for a couple of years but he was unable to put a figure on the number.”
Green admitted charges of criminal damage and attempted criminal damage to the post.
He was sacked from his job and has now found employment elsewhere.
In mitigation Jonathan Slawinskidescribed Green’s previous working record as ‘exemplary’.
He said that before he became a postman, the married father-of-one spent 22 years in the Royal Logistic Corps.
Green completed three tours of Bosnia before retiring in 2004.
But his career with the postal service turned sour in May 2010 when he was attacked by the dog.
The Alsatian Staffordshire cross pounced on Green after it broke free from the trellis to which he was tied.
The dog bit Green’s hand and pinned him between some bins and a wall.
As Green tried to kick him away the animal then bit his right thigh.
He needed hospital treatment for the bites and puncture wounds to his leg.
The pet’s owner, Andrew Kelly, admitted allowing a dog to be dangerously out of control.
Magistrates last March issued Kelly with a control order to keep his pet on a lead and ordered him to pay compensation to Green.
Mr Slawinski said that following the incident his client’s mental health suffered.
He spoke to his line manager about his fears of returning to work but was offered pepper spray and then counselling, Mr Slawinski said.
The solicitor added: “The counselling never materialised and as a result of that his psychological make up deteriorated.
“He felt like the Royal Mail had let him down, he was angered.
“He felt that if the Royal Mail couldn’t be bothered with him his attitude to the job also waned.”
Magistrates told Green that his offences represented a breach of trust.
Chairman Stephen Sykes said: “We understand why a dog attack could have been a very severe blow to your confidence.
“However that doesn’t excuse what you were doing.”
Magistrates gave Green a community order with 60 hours of unpaid work.
They also ordered him to pay £300 court costs, £60 victim surcharge and the £15.66 cost of re-posting the mail.