Sub-postmasters receive convictions of theft, fraud and false accounting to the appeals court after being ‘wrongfully accused of stealing cash’ in Posh Office’s IT scandal
- Former sub-post masters must have convictions referred to court
- Convictions of 39 individuals from 61 post office applicants have been referred
- The sub-postmasters and postmasters were accused of stealing money
- It will be the largest number of cases filed at once by the Criminal Cases Review Commission
Dozens of former sub-postmasters are brought to the Court of Appeal for convictions for theft, fraud and false accounting.
The Criminal Review Commission had decided to appeal the convictions of 39 persons against a total of 61 post office applicants and pursue the remaining 22 cases.
The committee announced that it will refer cases based on the fact that any prosecution amounts to ‘trial abuse’.
A number of former sub-postmasters receive convictions for theft, fraud and false accounts before the Court of Appeal. [File photo]
The post office settled the Supreme Court case in December 2019 after it was harassed by the judge in a series of compelling rulings. It had battled its veterans for years and vehemently denied any problem with its IT system [File photo]
The sub-postmasters and postmasters were accused of stealing money after the post office installed a new computer system.
Helen Pitcher, Chair of the Criminal Review Commission, said: “This is by far the largest number of cases we will ever have referred on appeal.
“Our team has done a tremendous amount of work, especially since the December judgment, to determine the grounds on which we refer these cases.
“The Covid-19 situation threatened to slow things down, but we used an IT solution to fix that and we will continue to do whatever it takes to make decisions as quickly as reasonably possible in the remaining cases.”
Tracy Felstead was thrown in prison as a teenager, her alleged crime was ‘stealing’ £ 11,500 from the post office where she worked her first job after school.
Earlier this month, the 36-year-old mother of three said, “I’ve had to go through this all my adult life since I was 19. I would like to think that justice will be fast now.
A post office spokesperson said, “The post office has been assisting the criminal justice committee since the initial filings with some former postmasters. We have always accepted our serious obligations and responsibilities for the work of the committee.
Tracy Felstead was thrown in prison as a teenager, her alleged crime was ‘stealing’ £ 11,500 from the post office where she worked her first job after school. The 36-year-old mother of three said earlier this month: ‘I think justice will come soon’
“We have not yet received a motivation from the committee about the referrals they make to court. We will carefully review the committee’s decision when we have that information and continue to meet all their demands from us.
“We have also made every effort to ensure that, in the light of the findings in the Horizon judgment, further disclosure is provided, as appropriate, in other cases where the post office acted as prosecutor, not only those identified by the CCRC were assessed. The CCRC’s reasoning will inform our investigation into these cases, which is being conducted by an external team of criminal lawyers.
“We will not comment on individual cases, as it would be inappropriate to anticipate the outcome of the important work the CCRC continues to do or the trials of the Court of Appeal.”