Welsh postmaster jailed for nine months ‘fell off the ladder’ after conviction – before getting back up and seeking to challenge the Post Office’s prosecution
Noel Thomas was jailed for nine months in 2006 after being accused of stealing £48,000
Noel Thomas was jailed for nine months in 2006 after being accused of stealing £48,000 while working for Gaerwen Post Office in Anglesey.
He told the BBC he admitted the charge because he never reported any anomalies he noticed, but insisted he didn’t take the money and blamed the Horizon computer system.
“I want everyone to be cleared and get to the bottom of what happened and where the money went,” Mr Thomas told BBC Newyddion 9.
“Thirteen years after prison, I must admit that it was hard but I gradually regained my self-confidence thanks to my family, my friends and my work colleagues.
“Yes, I feel bitter, and not only for me – the post comes to tell people that they have taken money, that they are thieves.”
Family of postmaster who took his own life after being wrongly accused of theft demands that post bosses be held accountable
Martin Griffiths, 59, killed himself in 2013 after being falsely suspected of stealing money from the post office
Father-of-two Martin Griffiths, 59, killed himself in 2013 after being falsely suspected of stealing money from a post office in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, where he had worked for around 20 years.
Mr Griffiths was one of hundreds of postmasters suspected of false accounting and theft, some of whom were wrongfully dismissed or convicted, after amounts appeared to disappear from their coffers.
Mr Griffiths’ family said he dipped into his own and his parents’ savings to repay around £60,000 which he was wrongly suspected of having withdrawn from the branch.
The turmoil lasted four years, between 2009 and 2013, and had a huge impact on the father-of-two’s physical and mental health, his family said.
In 2013 Mr Griffiths parked his car on the A41 at Ellesmere Port after leaving a note for loved ones and took his own life.
His family demanded a tougher line of scrutiny from the government and demanded a judge-led inquiry to shed light on the injustices behind the scandal.
Postmaster caught up in major computer scandal which saw many wrongfully accused of accounting fraud suffer strokes after being hunted down for £65,000
Peter Murray said he suffered a series of breakdowns and a stroke after being stalked for £65,000.
Peter Murray said he suffered a series of breakdowns and a stroke after being stalked for £65,000. The 53-year-old, from Wallasey in Merseyside, has been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.
He said he was suspended without pay and forced to take out loans and borrow from friends to make monthly repayments at the Post Office.
He paid £1,000 a month before learning he was one of several sub-postmasters to face bogus charges.
“It completely devastated me,” the father-of-three added. “It caused absolute havoc in my family, I had several nervous breakdowns. It made me feel like a convict, but I’m not going to let it beat me.
Wife finally clears postmaster husband’s name after he dies as he still faces post office false claim he stole £46,000
Marion Holmes, 78, has won justice for her late husband, Peter Holmes, who was a respected postmaster in Jesmond, Newcastle, before the Post Office Horizon scandal ‘destroyed’ his reputation
Marion Holmes, 78, has won justice for her husband, Peter, who was a respected postmaster before the Post Office Horizon scandal ‘destroyed’ his reputation.
Former police officer Peter Holmes had successfully run a sub-post office in Jesmond, Newcastle, for 13 years before his world fell apart due to problems with the Horizon computer system.
When more than £46,000 disappeared from his books in 2008, Peter found the police on his doorstep and shocking criminal charges laid against him.
He was forced to admit four counts of false accounting in order for prosecutors to drop charges of stealing money, which could have seen him sent to prison.
In fact, Peter was one of many people wrongfully sued by the Post for mistakes made by his own system.
A postmaster’s family say he died a broken man after being forced to clean graves as punishment for a crime he did not commit
Julian Wilson (pictured with his wife Karen) has been shattered by injustice and exhausted by his attempts to clear his name
Julian Wilson has been shattered by injustice and exhausted by his attempts to clear his name, they said. He died in 2016, aged 67, from bowel cancer. His wife Karen says the disease had its roots in the trauma he endured and the all-consuming campaign for redemption.
For years, the Post Office had stubbornly insisted that its computer systems – called Horizon and designed by a company called Fujitsu – never lied, calling them “robust”.
Last year, following a lawsuit filed by 557 postmasters, Judge Fraser called Horizon not “remotely resistant.”
He added: “This approach of the post has reduced, in reality, to mere assertions and denials that ignore what really happened.
“It amounts to the 21st century equivalent of maintaining that the earth is flat.”