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Family of Horizon scandal victim win fight to clear her name after death

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The family of a subpostmistress who was falsely accused of embezzling Post Office funds have won a fight to clear her name, 15 years after she was convicted.

Caren Lorimer pleaded guilty at Kilmarnock Sheriff Court in 2009 to one charge of embezzlement from the town’s New Farm Loch Post Office, where she had worked for 17 years.She was handed a community service order requiring 300 hours of unpaid work and a compensation order for £15,000.

Following Ms Lorimer’s death in 2022, her family sought a review of her conviction, and days before an appeal hearing was due to take place, her conviction has been quashed.The Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service confirmed the conviction was quashed administratively on May 29.

Her widower, David Lorimer, previously said it would mean “the world” for the family for her conviction to be overturned.He told the BBC: “I’m really, really happy and I’m really sad that Caren’s not here but she’ll know.

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