Post­mistress is be­ing pur­sued for ‘to­tal amount’

Accrington Observer - - NEWS -

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.”

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