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Re: Barry Oliver

Mon Jan 18, 2021 8:38 am

marinersteve wrote:too many people eager to accept without question the claim by a convicted fraudster that the money was given to the club/ that includes people on here and the judge, who should have asked for incontrovertible proof of the 'facts' used in mitigation which could be totally false.


This is a very good Point. Barry "says" he spent the £70k on Billy Town, whose to say he actually did.

Re: Barry Oliver

Tue Jan 19, 2021 9:12 am

Surely he provided evidence of this in court? Or anyone accused of financial crime would use it as a defence.

Ronnie Biggs: "yes sir i did rob the mail train but it was only to feed orphans"

Re: Barry Oliver

Tue Jan 19, 2021 11:41 am

What evidence would he have IF these payments were sidestepping the Billingham Town accounts as previously mentioned? Presumably these were cash in brown envelope payments?

Re: Barry Oliver

Tue Jan 19, 2021 1:58 pm

Mr T-side wrote:Surely he provided evidence of this in court? Or anyone accused of financial crime would use it as a defence.



No, as he pleaded guilty, there was no trial, and no evidence except that of fact. His legal team would have offered the "facts" that he didn't gain personally from the offence to mitigate the sentence, not the finding of guilt.

Re: Barry Oliver

Tue Jan 19, 2021 2:55 pm

AllyGB wrote:
Mr T-side wrote:Surely he provided evidence of this in court? Or anyone accused of financial crime would use it as a defence.



No, as he pleaded guilty, there was no trial, and no evidence except that of fact. His legal team would have offered the "facts" that he didn't gain personally from the offence to mitigate the sentence, not the finding of guilt.


As I said, played a blinder, offered the unprovable as a get out to save his own skin, at the same time tarnishing a good club.
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