Tuesday, 11th May 2021

Sri Lankan refugee ordered to leave Australia for stealing mail

British Asia News Network

Sri Lanka: A Sri Lankan who worked in Queensland, Australia as a postman has been forced to tearfully sign an agreement, he will leave the country after stealing thousands of dollars’ worth of mail.

Sri Lankan, Pradeepan Logandan whilst in tears has been forced to sign an agreement that he will leave the country after stealing thousands of dollars’ worth of mail.

Pradeepan Logandan who came to Australia via boat in 2012, had worked as a post man in Toowoomba as an employee of the Australian Post for four years.

Missing mail prompted Australia Post to contact the police and it was later discovered that numerous parcels and mail crates, destined to be delivered to homes on Logandan’s mail route, were found at his home and in his car.

Allegedly more than $5,000 worth of electronics and mobile phones missing from allegedly stolen packages.

The court heard that Logandan had been trying to repay the debt of $AU 95795.99 to his uncle which he owed after numerous failed attempts at leaving Sri Lanka.

His lawyer, Emma Aldersea, said Logandan had made a ‘foolish decision’ to try and make some fast cash that would allow him to pay off the debt. ‘This will end his journey in this country,’ she said.

Logandan pleaded guilty to possessing tainted property and stealing by a clerk or servant. No conviction was recorded, but he has had to sign an understanding with the Federal Government that he will leave Australia.

He will also need to pay a $500 fine and $5187 in restitution. 

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