Two men who allegedly mailed the body of a dead man to claim his pension have been charged with deception

Two men have appeared in Carlow Circuit Criminal Court charged with deception and fraud at a post office last January over the pension of a deceased pensioner.

Eclan Haughney, 40, of Pollerton Road, Carlow, allegedly took the body of his dead uncle Peadar Doyle, 66, to a nearby post office to claim his pension payment.

Gardaí believe the pensioner was already dead when he was taken to the post office.

At an earlier session of Carlow District Court in May, Detective Garda Kieran Shields gave evidence leading to Mr Haughney’s arrest, charge and warning

The defendant was also charged with attempted deception and attempted theft at Hosey’s post office and shop, Staplestown Road, Carlow on January 21 last year.

Mr Haughney was originally charged with two counts of fraud in connection with the alleged use of a welfare card. Det Shields told the court that the state would drop those charges.

The direction of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) in this case was that if there was a guilty plea, the charges should be heard in the district court. However, Mr Haughney has indicated repeatedly at various court hearings that he would contest the charges.

It is alleged that Mr Haughney was trying to collect a €246 pension payment owed to his late uncle. He is further accused of dishonestly inciting a staff member on the same premises – at 11.14am. Both charges breach Section 6 of the Criminal Justice (Theft and Fraud Offences) Act 2001.

Mr Haughney is also accused of entering the post office at 11.04am where he “dishonestly induced by deception” a staff member. The accused remains in custody despite having previously been granted bail. A small cash payment was filed with the court.

His friend, 36-year-old Darren Coakley of John Sweeney Park, Carlow, was accused of attempting to steal Mr Doyle’s €246 state pension on 21 January 2022 at Hosey’s Post Office, Staplestown Road, Carlow.

Mr Coakley is also accused of attempting to defraud a postal worker out of €246 during the same incident. The accused was taken into custody on bail.

Both men are being represented by attorney Brendan O’Flaherty.

The Garda investigation has so far determined that the pensioner did not die suddenly in the post. Officers have also produced evidence that Mr Doyle was alive that morning.

An autopsy determined Mr. Doyle’s death was not a foul play, but could only estimate the time of death as this Friday morning.

Judge Eugene O’Kelly adjourned the matter until November 8 in the same court to allow further documents and evidence to be gathered. Two men who allegedly mailed the body of a dead man to claim his pension have been charged with deception

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