Lankan refugee asked to leave Australia for stealing mail

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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.

Pradeepan Logandan, who came to Australia from Sri Lanka via boat in 2012, had worked at a post-sorting facility in Toowoomba as an employee of Australia Post for four years, police prosecutor Rowan Brewster-Webb told the court on Tuesday.

Missing mail prompted Australia Post to contact police ahead of Christmas last year, and officers later discovered numerous parcels and mail crates destined to be delivered to homes on Logandan's mail route at his home and in his car, The Toowoomba Chronicle reported.

Along with the mail, police also uncovered multiple electrical goods, which they allege had been taken from the packages the 29-year-old was supposed to deliver.

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

Logandan was $AU 95795.99 in debt to his uncle after numerous failed attempts at leaving Sri Lanka, and had been trying to repay the debt when he stole the packages, the court heard.

His lawyer, Emma Aldersea, said the man 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 he will leave Australia.

The man will also need to pay a $500 fine and $5187 in restitution. (Daily Mail)

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  • DD Tuesday, 29 January 2019 04:48 PM

    Rule

    Refugee Tuesday, 29 January 2019 08:08 PM

    He should have taken my advice and stolen FEE-MAILS !!!

    Lokka Tuesday, 29 January 2019 04:56 PM

    Bogus refugee. Poor AUSTRALIAN taxpayer.

    Martin Milton Tuesday, 29 January 2019 05:14 PM

    Serves him jolly well right. He has disgraced the name of Sri Lanka and deserves an at least 5 year RI jail term in Sri Lanka when he does return there. Let us hope he does get a Prison sentence in Sri Lanka for disgracing Sri Lanka's name. MM

    Shungindiya Tuesday, 29 January 2019 06:47 PM

    No! In the name of sunghindiyaawa ( reconciliation) he should be given a red carpet welcome and an executive job in SL Postal Dept

    mnsmart Tuesday, 29 January 2019 07:49 PM

    Hope he will not become a candidate at the next election

    kangaroo Wednesday, 30 January 2019 04:38 AM

    Man just qualified to run for SL parliament elections.

    Unchikun Tuesday, 29 January 2019 05:22 PM

    Now this has got into our blood. No stopping, from top to bottom and hevan to hell.

    Dee Tuesday, 29 January 2019 05:38 PM

    Arrived illegally citing "genocide" , "racial discrimination" , "abuse" etc. Etc. , Got "Refugee Status" thanks to some shady "humanitarian Group" . Then got a job (is all that boat people come for). Ended up "abusing" the system. Wake up Aussies! No need for refugees anymore! Only such robbers will come as refugees.

    Jacob Wednesday, 30 January 2019 04:29 PM

    Said spot on!

    jj Tuesday, 29 January 2019 05:43 PM

    Great. He has received with distinction the qualifications to enter politics in Sri Lanka. Well done brother parliament awaits your return.

    Dr.Siri Tuesday, 29 January 2019 06:35 PM

    Follow the same procedure in Srilanka and expatriate our guys to some island

    Jaliya Tuesday, 29 January 2019 07:22 PM

    Taking the tiger out of the jungle doesn't mean you can take the jungle out of the tiger.

    Seqi Tuesday, 29 January 2019 08:10 PM

    Is he a distant relation of Uncle Gamanpilla......birds of a feather flock together though this one is returning to the nest. Sad story. The salary of postal workers, government perks and health benefits in Queensland are the stuff of dreams for the average Sri Lankan resident postal worker. All he needed was patience......nose to the grindstone would have looked after the debt.....beware of demanding Uncles !

    mario Tuesday, 29 January 2019 08:20 PM

    no problem we can employ as our postman

    dilshan Tuesday, 29 January 2019 09:20 PM

    Pot calling kettle black, Australia was built upon castaway law breakers .He makes the perfect immigrant. Qualified as the original Aussies.

    A Tuesday, 29 January 2019 09:56 PM

    All these are Tamil refugees they play hell genuine Sri lankns suffer even to get Visa.

    Maru Wednesday, 30 January 2019 01:45 AM

    Buggers like this ruin it for everyone else too. Send him back to SL.

    Jude Wednesday, 30 January 2019 05:00 AM

    Some UNSCRUPULOUS people created bogus Refugees and made Millions of dollars!!! Same people paid foreign parliamentarians carry their agenda !!!

    Andrew Wednesday, 30 January 2019 05:02 AM

    He doesent even know how to steal properly, surealy one don't fill his car and home with stolen goods. What a idiot. I think he should be sent to a good school.

    sunil vijaya Wednesday, 30 January 2019 06:50 AM

    he has to be arrested at Colombo airport and serve a jail term. this will teach others a lesson - bogus refugees castigating sri lankans just to enter another country and fooling especially the European background people. uniting church should pay for his return NOT tax payers! so convicts are no longer entertained in Australia??? ha ha ha!!!

    Nimal Wednesday, 30 January 2019 08:35 AM

    Stealing to pay his debt ???? So stupid

    2 cents Wednesday, 30 January 2019 09:11 AM

    Send him back in a boat, but this time... Make sure there is a hole in it.. the rest will be history!

    Jude Wednesday, 30 January 2019 10:05 AM

    No no DON'T be cruel !! Send him to his home country, Thamil Nadu!!Yeah!!


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