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Post Office victims had lives ‘utterly destroyed’

  • By Tom Espiner
  • Business reporter, BBC News

2 February 2024, 14:26 GMT

Updated 5 hours ago

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Sub-postmasters including Jo Hamilton (pictured) had their life ‘utterly destroyed’ by the Horizon scandal, lawyers said.

Sub-postmasters wrongfully prosecuted by the Post Office had their lives “utterly destroyed” by the scandal, lawyers acting for them have said.

Hundreds of people were convicted after faulty Horizon software flagged false discrepancies in accounts.

An ongoing public inquiry has been looking at how the court cases were brought against sub-postmasters.

One lawyer said this phase of the probe had “pulled back the curtain” on the scandal.

The fourth phase of the inquiry into the Horizon scandal drew to a close on Friday, having taken evidence from Post Office and Fujitsu employees over several months.

It looked at how investigations were conducted,…

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