Former postmaster says history has been made after convicted Post Office workers clear names
A former postmaster wrongly accused of theft as part of a nationwide scandal said ‘history has been made’ after 39 convicted Post Office workers had their names cleared.
Mr Head, 32, was quizzed under caution over the supposed disappearance of £88,000 before the investigation was dropped without charge.
Hundreds of subpostmasters, however, were prosecuted for theft, fraud and false accounting because of the Post Office’s defective Horizon accounting system, which had “bugs, defects and errors” from the very outset.
Now 39 of the former subpostmasters who were convicted and even jailed based on Horizon data, have finally had their names cleared by the Court of Appeal.
Overturning the convictions, Lord Justice Holroyde said the Post Office “effectively steamrolled over any subpostmaster who sought to challenge its accuracy”.
The Post Office knew that there were “serious issues about the reliability” of the Fujitsu-developed IT system, which was rolled out to branches in 2000, but continued to bring “serious criminal charges against the subpostmasters on the basis of Horizon data”, the Court of Appeal said on Friday.
"Their lives have been destroyed for up to two decades.
"Imagine living with this knowing all along you had done nothing wrong.
"As it has been said before this will be the largest miscarriage of Justice in UK history.
"After this is over they can all begin the slow and hard process of rebuilding their lives.”