Dominic Chappell has failed to overturn his conviction for which he was fined £50,000, and has been branded “completely unbelievable” by the appeal court judge.
Following a week-long appeal case in which Chappell sought to overturn his conviction after being found guilty of failing to provide the Pensions Regulator with information about the BHS’ pension schemes, the former department store owner has been dismissed.
He told the appeal hearing yesterday that he “was absolutely swamped with work,” and got around to sending the documents, which would have helped secure funds from Sir Philip Green to plug the £571 million pensions deficit left after the fall of BHS, as soon as it was practical.
Hove Crown Court’s Judge Christine Henson dismissed this defence today, calling his evidence “completely unbelievable” adding the most of his answers were “not credible”.
The prosecuting barrister, acting on behalf of the Pensions Regulator, likened Chappell to the Wizard of Oz stating he put on a “spectacular show but what emerged from behind the curtain is a rather pathetic and dishonest figure”.
Chappell has said he intends to launch another appeal against his conviction and facing a sentencing hearing in December.