The defendant had been convicted on his plea of guilty to offences under section 83(1). As a postman he had diverted postal packets given to him for delivery. The judge later became concerned at the correctness of the plea which required the defendant to be a person ‘engaged in the business of a postal operator’ and set aside the conviction.
Held: Examining the legislative history and context the offence was clearly one to be faced by an individual. The appeal succeeded, and the convictions were restored.
Moses LJ, Irwin J
 EWHC 554 (Admin)
England and Wales
Updated: 23 May 2022; Ref: scu.459546