ChatterBank3 mins ago
The Post Office Scandal Continues
On BBC Breakfast this morning one victim said that following the quashing of his conviction, he and his advisers put in a claim for compensation.
As he said, it was not some made up fanciful figure, but supported by documentary evidence of his demonstrable losses and reasonably expected compensation – the Post Office’s response was an offer of compensation less than 15% of what he requested.
Disgraceful behaviour by the Post Office (and the government).
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sozza Dave - waylaid by a very large ( £1000) gas bill
now where was I
Today closing speeches
the first one wasnt very good - they all spoke for around 30mins and he really failed to nail in his speech - the link between bugs in Horixon and balance irregs - so one was left with " The post office had a point didnt they?"
The second KC - Steen was more aggressive and led on the bullying of the victims
ringing one 60 times and calling another a botch
the third speech I missed because I was paying a bill
There are certain bugs ( haw haw haw, pun intended) along the way
every one of these victims should, by rights, end up not only fully compensated for what they've lost but wealthy - and I hope they do.
is NOT a principle in English Law. AND the court of appeal has indicated that it think some ( up to half) of appeals will fail because they are still guilty of non-Horizon witchcraft.
and so does the post office ( all bills paid by the govt)
Mr Bates wants profits from his ruined business ( restitution - not just moolah from the forced sale of his house) - so the 15% is hard cash for receipted losses and the remaining 85% is what he think he WOULD have made....
very good example of - "let's do it right first time round",
and also of " we cant window-dress in court: if the judge finds out we all lose our jobs..."
Everyone involvled in this knows how wrong everything was, but no-one will face the law for what happened. The only ones to suffer are the innocent victims. It's a bit like looking for Nazis in post war Germany, they were all there but were never found or faced prosecution. Nothing will come of this enquiry, except the offer of compensation for the victims. And the Post Office are still using Horizon, btw. Gulp! I know, I know. They reckon it's been sorted now.
In 2001, one ex PO shop manager said he had a visit from a Fujitsu rep and a manager from the PO. They were looking at the accounts on the screen when, without anyone touching the keyboard, the system started, and completed, a transaction. All by itself. Hey ho! Shortly after, the shop manager resigned.