• Wednesday, June 12, 2024

HEADLINE STORY

Vennnels should come clean: Post Office victim

Between 1999 and 2015, more than 900 sub-postmasters were wrongly prosecuted after faulty software said money was missing from Post Office branch accounts

A Post Office sign next to the venue for the Post Office Horizon IT inquiry at Aldwych House on January 11, 2024, in London, England. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

By: Shajil Kumar

A VICTIM of the Post Office Horizon scandal has called upon former chief Paula Vennells to apologise and come clean during her appearance before the inquiry commission.

Vennells, who was chief executive of the Post Office from 2012 to 2019, will be providing evidence to the inquiry on Wednesday.

The victim, Jo Hamilton, who was falsely accused of stealing £36,000 from the Post Office branch she ran in South Warnborough said the Vennells had perverted the course of justice.

Between 1999 and 2015, more than 900 sub-postmasters were wrongly prosecuted after faulty software said money was missing from Post Office branch accounts.

Jo Hamilton was featured in the ITV drama Mr Bates Vs The Post Office.

Hamilton told The Telegraph that if she were in Vennells position, she would “just put my hands up” and say: “I’m really sorry and this is what happened.”

She observed that Vennells resigned during the initial days of the trial because she knew what was coming.

During the evidence of Post Office’s current chief financial officer Alisdair Cameron on Friday, the probe heard that Vennells did not believe there had been miscarriages of justice.

Hamilton feels Vennells knew of the wrongdoing but carried on.

Solicitor Neil Hudgell, whose firm represents Hamilton and 74 other sub-postmasters, said his clients have waited very long to hear Vennells’ evidence.

He said they get ‘re-traumatised’ whenever they hear a denial, untruth or subterfuge and “can’t begin to move on without answers, accountability and genuinely expressed regret and sorrow”.

Hundreds of sub-postmasters are still awaiting full compensation despite the Government announcing that those who have had convictions quashed are eligible for £600,000 payouts.

Vennells is now facing increasing scrutiny of how she dealt with the investigation into the Horizon software. She had earlier claimed that the Horizon computer system was “robust”.

Vennells joined the Post Office in 2007 and was promoted to the top job in 2012. Ever since the ITV drama was aired, she has been keeping a low profile, and rarely seen in public.

Related Stories

Videos

Mrunal Thakur on Dhamaka, experience of working with Kartik Aaryan,…
Nushrratt Bharuccha on Chhorii, pressure of comparison with Lapachhapi, upcoming…
Abhimanyu Dassani on Meenakshi Sundareshwar, how his mom Bhagyashree reacted…

Adblocker detected! Please consider reading this notice.

We've detected that you are using Ad Blocker or some other adblocking software which is preventing the page from fully loading.

We strive to deliver high-quality content and experiences. To help us continue, please consider supporting us by disabling your ad blocker.  We use non-intrusive ads to keep our content free.

We don't have any banner, Flash, animation, obnoxious sound, or popup ad. We do not implement these annoying types of ads!

We need money to operate the site, and almost all of it comes from our online advertising.

Please add EasternEye.biz to your ad blocking whitelist or disable your adblocking software.

×