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#TheAccused: Sympathy runs dry for defendant at centre of new crime documentary

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‘Sob stories worse than the X Factor

Viewers clearly had a lot to say about the “stupid” and “cocky” defendant at the centre of last night’s new Channel 5 crime documentary.

The Accused: An Inside Job followed the case of Łukasz, a (now former) personal banking advisor at Santander. Łukasz was accused of stealing £26,000 from an elderly client’s life savings. He protested his innocence throughout, claiming a conspiracy and arguing he’d be “an idiot” to allow all lines of inquiry to lead so seamlessly to him.

Legal Cheek reviewed the documentary before it aired last night, and we had a fair amount of sympathy for Łukasz and his plight. We said:

Whether you buy his defence or not, the devastating impact the charges had on Łukasz were plain to see. After internal banking investigators pointed the finger at Łukasz, the police froze his bank account, he lost his job and he lost his home. This had a huge emotional impact on the defendant, who revolted at the thought of his peers hearing about the case: ‘I don’t want people to think I’m the bad guy. I wouldn’t like them to see me that way.’

Last night, it became abundantly clear not everyone felt the same way. Viewers rushed to social media, using the hashtag #TheAccused, to make their feelings about the “greedy” defendant known:

SPOILER ALERT: Łukasz was eventually found guilty and sentenced to two years in prison. He appeared devastated by the verdict, and even suggested he was going to commit suicide. Again, the sympathy was lacking:

In and among the obvious vitriol there was the occasional light-hearted comment. We particularly liked this one comparing defence lawyer Greg Stewart to the Supervet:

The Supervet and Greg Stewart

And this comment on Łukasz’s train ride to Scotland to visit family:

Oh, and:

Missed it? You can watch The Accused: An Inside Job using Channel 5’s catch up service.

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13 Comments

Belinda

You all just don’t get it. If you had the life experience that I have, you would be able to SEE through his EYES that he is INNOCENT.

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Anonymous

What a waste of British taxpayers money on his defence.. Family supposedly forced to go to Scotland why didn’t they just return to Poland. hope he gets deported at end of sentence as evidence overwhelming against him. What a arrogant man.

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ELOfan

Shocking disgusting individual. Do we really need this kind of individual in Great Britain. His greed for the high life will find other ways to get rich quick! Send him back to Poland after he serves his time and make sure the victims get their monies back from Santander!

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Anonymous

After Brexit we won’t have to put up with stuff like this any longer.

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Anonymous

Theft?

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Anonymous

Exactly. Taking back control.

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Anonymous

It’s a joke people, it must be, mustn’t it!?

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Lord Farage

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Ciaran Goggins

After a week in Flanders I now have to accustom myself to having to listen to Polish again.

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Anonymous

Did ANYONE check to see where the money was transferred to ??????? Surely it could be traced ???

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Anonymouse

What a wonderful idea, I doubt anyone will have thought of doing that. You have a bright future ahead of you.

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Anonymous

Wasn’t it obvious from the first story that he was guilty?

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Anonymous

Just left totally moved by this!!! Not 100% sure he was guilty…..But some comments go to show how difficult it is to be sure!! I dread doing jury services!! But thought he was not guilt terrible!!!! Who ever can do this too old lady disgusting!! Someone saying about him travelling first class.??? Do they no if program paid ?? Those barristers another job were you have to be able to switch off……Guess we will never no truth !!!

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