Wrongly jailed sub-postmistress rejects apology | EUROtoday

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A former sub-postmistress wrongly jailed whereas pregnant in the course of the Post Office scandal has rejected an apology from an ex-Fujitsu engineer whose proof helped convict her.

Seema Misra advised the BBC {that a} assertion from Gareth Jenkins was “too little, too late”.

At the inquiry on Tuesday, Mrs Misra stated she wished to know “why on earth he did what he did”.

While at Fujitsu, Mr Jenkins was concerned within the improvement of the Horizon accountancy software program utilized by subpostmasters throughout the UK.

Hundreds of them had been wrongly prosecuted for theft and fraud on the premise of incorrect knowledge from the system.

At Mrs Misra’s trial in 2010, Mr Jenkins failed to inform the courtroom a few bug within the software program which might have undermined the case towards her.

Mrs Misra was discovered responsible of theft and false accounting and was despatched to jail whereas she was eight weeks pregnant. Her conviction was quashed in 2021.

In a witness assertion submitted to the Post Office Inquiry on Tuesday, Mr Jenkins stated: “I did not know that Mrs Misra was pregnant at the time of her conviction and only learned of this many years later.

“This makes what has occurred much more tragic. I can solely apologise, once more, to Mrs Misra and her household for what occurred to her.”

But Mrs Misra said Mr Jenkins could have said sorry “ages in the past” and there was no way he could understand what she went through.

“Nobody can perceive it,” she said.

She also questioned why he had not told the court in her case about the Horizon bug, saying it would have been “frequent sense”.