Post office investigators were set targets for recovering money from postmasters, Horizon inquiry hears

A former Post Office investigator has revealed he was set a target by the Post Office to recover money from subpostmasters accused of false accounting and theft.

Robert Daily, who was involved in the criminal investigation of two wrongly convicted subpostmasters who died before their convictions were overturned, said he had been given a personal objective of recovering 40 per cent of money from those who were accused.

A document shown at the inquiry revealed Mr Daily had exceeded his target. But he claimed he wasn’t rewarded by the Post Office and would not have necessarily have been marked down had he failed to meet this target.

One postmaster that Mr Daily helped investigate, Peter Holmes, eventually pleaded guilty to four counts of false accounting and was sentenced to a community order. He died from a brain tumour in October 2015 before his conviction was posthumously quashed.

Mr Daily was asked about a period in November 2009 when he was the sole investigator in Scotland. He told the inquiry he felt under pressure to refer cases due to mounting backlogs, but that he did not think it affected the quality of the team’s work.

He also told how the Post Office’s legal team passed cases on to prosecuters in Scotland without being qualified in Scots law.

The inqury heard how Mr Daily believed he and other investigators were “not adequately supported” before a solicitor firm was brought in to advise in 2013.

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