A man carried his late uncle’s coffin into a post office to collect his pension.
He and another guy brought Peader Doyle to the Hoseys Post Office in Carlow to collect his pension last Friday morning, Declan Haughney said.
Declan, 40, who has lived with his uncle all his life, claims he is now “the talk of the town” and a “murderer” by the local community.
Following accusations that he dragged his deceased uncle into a post office to grab his pension, Declan said he is “not an eejit”.
“Why would I rob my uncle?” he asked. I’m 40 years old, therefore I’m not a kid or a young man. To go into Hoseys with a dead man and collect his money is rude. Am I mad? Am I mad? “No.”
Declan, who admits to having a drug problem and serving two years in prison, says he is now being accused of bringing his deceased uncle in to collect his pension.
“That’s why people say it, that’s why it’s all coming up now,” he said. So I obtained a bank card through the aunt’s door, acquired the pin number, and went down for fraud.
“People in town know about it. But that was 15. The gear is gone and I’m doing well.”
Declan, who was allegedly attacked after the event last Friday, believes his uncle died before he got to the post office.
Declan believes Peader was already dead by the time he and another man got him beneath the Pollerton Road bridge, but they dragged him to the post office by his arms.
So we linked him there. He was normal walking until he died.
“He started dragging his heels from you see the yellow sign there? But we didn’t even consider it. We were having fun when he suddenly slumped.
“We didn’t think much of it because Peader had heart attacks.”
Peader states his uncle just “dropped” to the ground in the post office, and Declan realised his uncle was dead.
“We got to the queue,” he continued. When we got to the queue, we let him go and he immediately fell. He just dropped.
“Why would I try to rob my uncle’s money when we share the bills?”
A voluntary statement to gardai, Declan was not arrested. “He’s my uncle.” He raised me. I’m stunned. “My heart is torn.”