Susan Rudkin

Year conviction was overturned:

Susan Rudkin was convicted of theft of almost £44,000 from the post office branch that she ran with her husband in Ibstock, on the basis of evidence of a shortfall on the Horizon computer system. She pleaded guilty at Burton-on-Trent Magistrates’ Court and was given a 12-month suspended sentence, ordered to complete 300 hours of unpaid community work and placed on an electronically monitored curfew for six months after

She was acquitted when evidence showed that Horizon contained a number of “bugs, errors, and defects,” and there was a “material risk” that shortfalls in the accounts were caused by the system.

She has stated that clearing her name was the single most important thing in her life as it proved what she had told everybody for years, that she was innocent and had been put through the most awful experience. She described people pointing fingers at her, and losing friends, when she had done nothing wrong.

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  • Offence: Theft / fraud
  • Jurisdiction: England & Wales
  • Gender: F
  • Offence convicted of: Theft
  • Year of initial conviction: 2009
  • Year conviction was overturned: 2021
  • CCRC Referral: Y
  • Post Office Case: Y
  • Retrial: N