Postmistress is being pursued for ‘total amount’
THE INNOCENT sister of callous Mohammed Iqbal is being pursued by Post Office bosses to repay the £192,000 following the faked robbery,the court heard.
Carl Hargan, representing her brother, told Burnley Crown Court that the company is pursuing the postmistress, who had no involvement in the crimes, for the ‘total amount’ as Mohammed Iqbal was an employee of hers.
Judge Beverley Lunt said she could be the ‘ultimate’ victim of the criminal actions of her brother and his associates. Mr Hargan told the proceeds of crime hearing: “She is obviously very concerned about the proceedings. She has brought it to my attention that the Post Office are pursuing her for the total amount of monies that were stolen because she is the postmistress and her brother was effectively working for her. I wondered, but I haven’t looked at the law, that whether under those circumstances she was an interested party?”
However Judge Beverley Lunt said the postmistress could not be involved in the POCA hearing and said it was too late for her to make a compensation order as part of the original sentence. She said: “I don’t think that she can have any standing in the POCA. She could and should of course have asked the prosecution to make an application for compensation if she was the ultimate loser.”