Men Bring Dead Body to Post Office in Attempt to Collect Late Man’s Pension, Police Say

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An investigation is underway after two men in Ireland allegedly carried a dead man into a post office in hopes of collecting his pension, police said. 

On Jan. 21, staff at a Co. Carlow post office refused to give the pension to Peader Doyle, 66, to another man. Doyle would have to be there to collect it. The Guardian reported

According to published reports, that man left the postal office with another man who helped him bring Doyle in. 

When a post office worker asked about the well-being of the man being held up, the two others allegedly dropped his body and left.  

Doyle’s death was denied by the men. “He was alive,”One of the men said it. Sunday World newspaper.

Police said they believe that Doyle died in his home the same day of the incident. A post-mortem examination ruled out any foul play.

A death notice published online said the Doyle died “suddenly.” His funeral took place two days later. 

Authorities are studying “what condition” Doyle was in on his way from his house to the post office, according to the outlet. 

“The focus of Garda [police] enquiries is now on the ancillary events that took place at the business premises connected to the recent death of the male,”According to police, the incident was reported in a statement.

According to The Irish TimesDoyle was only yards away from the post office. 

One man was charged with two counts of deception.

“I heard there was a commotion in the post office,”A local newspaper quoted Ken Murnane, Carlow Mayor. “I go by there all the time and it’s a very busy post office—normally there’d be a queue out the door there. I was absolutely shocked to hear about what happened. I cannot believe anyone would do something like that. It beggars belief, I’m just shocked.”