May 27, 2022

Between 2000 and 2014, more than 700 sub-postmasters and sub-postmasters across the UK were prosecuted based on information obtained from the Horizon system, which was installed and maintained by Fujitsu.

More than 70 Scottish victims were among hundreds of others who lost their jobs and lost their businesses.

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However, in December 2019, a High Court judge ruled that Horizon’s system had a number of “bugs, errors and omissions” and that there was a “material risk” that the Post Office branch accounts were depleted due to the system.

Tragedy: Former police officer Marie Philip went to her grave feeling that she was in a cloud of suspicion.

Appeal cases in England and Wales followed a civil action involving 550 postmasters, which resulted in the Post Office settling £ 58 million in 2019 and launching an inquiry.

The Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission has contacted 73 people – five of whom have been wrongfully convicted – for full details of their case before taking any further action.

Relatives of a Scottish victim are seeking legal advice and are seeking 460,000 in damages after she went to her grave believing she was a suspected thief.

Scandal: There was a serious flaw in the Horizon computer system of the post office.

In 2001, Marie Philip, a former Fife Constabulary officer, and her daughter Myra bought a post office in Acharmchatti, and within weeks, flaws in the faulty horizon system began to show.

Mrs Philip repeatedly complained that she believed the system was faulty and hired a private detective to track down the other victims.

In 2006, a team of investigators broke into the post office early in the morning to conduct an audit.

Because Mrs. Philip, 65 at the time, had previously covered a £ 94 reduction with a check that had been suspended, she had asked to resign, stating that her age alone prevented her from being prosecuted.

Lyon, Feif’s 60-year-old daughter, Myra, said: “False accusations destroyed my mother. She never worked again. She died knowing she had been acquitted.

“What they did was take £ 70,000 with threats of a non-existent ‘shortfall’. They called us thieves but they were extortionists.”

“Someone needs to do a proper calculation.”

He added: “My initial compensation claim was stopped on time because they failed to locate the victim.

“If that is the case, I will take action in the Sessions Court. They have lost a lot of lives to avoid it.”

In Edinburgh, Fiona McGowan suffered from depression when she and her partner Phil Cowan were accused of stealing £ 30,000 from a Post Office branch in Parsons Green. The pressure of the investigation made Ms. McGowan sick and she died in her sleep in 2009 at the age of 47.

Unknown to him, the post office charges were dropped before he died.

Inquiry lawyer Jason Beer QC said it was “the worst abortion of justice in recent British legal history”.

He added: “Lives are ruined, families are broken, families are homeless and helpless.

“The reputation has been destroyed, at least not because the men and women who were convicted were involved in dishonesty.

“People who were an important, respected and integral part of the local communities they served were, in some cases, sidelined.

“Several men and women died tragically before the state publicly acknowledged that they had been wrongly convicted.”

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