Court orders Plymouth police election candidate to pay £722 debt
A COURT has ordered Police and Crime Commissioner candidate Tam Macpherson to pay more than £700 to two Plymouth businessmen.
The case was heard last Thursday - exactly a week before voters go to the ballot box to elect the first of the new-style commissioners for Devon and Cornwall.
Mr Macpherson, who runs the Clipper Inn in Union Street, Plymouth, is standing as an independent in a field of 10 candidates.
As reported in The Herald on Saturday, Mr Macpherson has had more than a dozen County Court Judgements against him over the past five years.
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Simon Leonard and Ricky Fitch, founders of the electronic tills company WCR (SW) Ltd told The Herald that they were awarded a County Court Judgement for £1,057 against Mr Macpherson in February last year.
Mr Leonard said that on Thursday last week Mr Macpherson attempted to have the judgement overturned in the County Court in Plymouth.
The judge accepted evidence from Mr Macpherson that some unidentified bank transfers were paid by him as part of the debt.
He reduced the amount owed to £722, but said the judgement should stand.
Mr Leonard, 27, said Mr Macpherson had paid another £22.46 on Friday.
He said the original debt came when he had only just established his business. "This really hurt us."
Mr Macpherson said: "I was one of three parties named in a judgement, with additional costs, totalling £1,395.
"I contested this order and sum.
"The civil court confirmed judgement of £722.47 without costs."
According to documents from the Registry Trust seen earlier by The Herald, 13 County Court Judgements against Tam Macpherson were listed on October 28.
The debts totalled almost £200,000 and date back as early as 2007.
Under the Police and Crime Commissioner rules the judgements do not disqualify Mr Macpherson standing in next Thursday's election.
He told The Herald last week that the majority of the judgements had been settled. These included the two largest, for £118,189 in favour of pub chain Scottish and Newcastle and £58,259 to InBev UK.
Mr Macpherson blamed "inaccuracies" in the record.