37 Post Office, Fujitsu and former sub-postmaster statements published following Phase 4 investigations
Counsel to the Inquiry, Jason Beer KC read witness statements into the record ahead of Phase 4 closing statements
As Phase 4 concludes, the Inquiry has published 37 additional witness statements from Post Office, Fujitsu and former sub-postmaster witnesses obtained during its Phase 4 investigations. It has also published some further witness statements relating to issues explored in Phases 2 and 3.
During Phase 4 hearings on action against sub-postmasters and others, Sir Wyn Williams heard oral evidence from more than 60 witnesses, covering policy making; audits and investigations; civil and criminal proceedings; and the knowledge of and responsibility for failures in investigating issues with the integrity of Horizon. The Inquiry studied 26 criminal or civil proceedings case studies, hearing from lawyers, investigators and security team members involved in those cases.
See here for an infographic with key numbers about Phase 4: https://www.postofficehorizoninquiry.org.uk/phase-4-infographic
The publication of these statements today brings the total number of witness statements provided for Phase 4 to more than 120. New evidence published today includes that of auditors, financial investigators, and contracts advisors.
Reading into the record the 37 statements this morning, Jason Beer KC said: “To ensure that the Inquiry has obtained as full a picture of Phase 4 issues as possible, Rule 9 requests were sent to a wide pool of individuals”. The witness statements have been published in the Evidence section of the Inquiry's website.
Cleveleys and Marine Drive Post Offices case studies
Included in the collection of witnesses statements published today is a witness statement from former sub-postmistress Julie Kay (née Wolstenholme) who worked at the Cleveleys Post Office. This case study was examined as part of the Inquiry’s consideration of early proceedings by the Post Office.
Also published are witness statements from temporary sub-postmasters at Marine Drive Post Office. Over two weeks, Sir Wyn Williams heard evidence about the Post Office’s proceedings against former sub-postmaster, Mr Lee Castleton, of Marine Drive Post Office.
Transcripts from these evidence sessions, and others heard during Phase 4, can be found on the Inquiry’s website:
A recording and transcript of today's hearing is available here.