Queenstown NZ Post worker admits role in mail scandal

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A disgraced Queenstown postie has admitted stealing thousands of pieces of mail destined for Wakatipu homes.

Local NZ Post worker Philippa Lynette Lindsay pleaded guilty in the Queenstown District Court this morning (Monday).

Lindsay, 32, was to have been committed for trial this week on the indictably laid charge of theft by a person in a special relationship.

Defence counsel Phena Byrne told Judge Michael Turner there was no agreed summary of facts at this stage and there were still some “issues with figures to be ironed out”.

Lindsay will be sentenced on April 8 in the Queenstown District Court and while Judge Turner sought a pre-sentence report to address community and home detention, he warned there was no indication of her sentence.

Earlier, Lindsay had been accused of stealing about 17,000 items of mail and stashing them in her Frankton Road house and at an Arrowtown storage facility. The mail hoarding spanned a more than two-year period from September, 2010, to November 2012. 

After it was finally discovered, teams police and then NZ Post staff had to sort the mail and redeliver it. 

Lindsay was contracted to deliver the mail to Fernhill, Sunshine Bay, Arrowtown and Lake Hayes Estate.