Staff sue PO for theft slur
MORE than 550 sub-postmasters branded crooks by their own bosses turned the tables on Wednesday by taking the Post Office to court.
In a landmark class action, they told the High Court in London, UK, their lives had been ruined by false accusations of theft.
Some had attempted suicide, others had died fighting for justice in a dispute spanning more than a decade.
One widow brought some of her late husband’s ashes in a box so he could finally “have his day in court”.
Running post office branches in village stores, the sub-postmasters and mistresses were the backbones of their communities until the Post Office prosecuted them as thieves.
Many were jailed, ended up bankrupt and had their reputations shredded over thousands of pounds supposedly “missing” from their branch accounts.
But it later emerged that glitches in new computer terminals installed in their shops could have been blamed for the shortfalls.
The Post Office insists there is nothing significantly wrong with its computers and has so far spent £5 million (R92m) of taxpayers’ money on lawyers to fight off the claims of its former sub-postmasters. |