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Halesowen couple speak out after court case dropped
9:20am Thursday 17th October 2013 in News
ACCUSATIONS of fraud and theft weighed heavily on David Tout and his wife Louise for more than a year, driving them both almost to the brink of suicide.
The devoted couple, who are Christians, said their faith in God had been their main source of strength, after Mr Tout was sacked after 23 years from the company and job he loved in July 2012 and a police investigation began.
Just hours after the case was dropped last Thursday, Mr Tout was hospitalised for 24 hours suffering from a blood infection which required antibiotics and is still recovering at home.
Mrs Tout said: “I don’t suppose the stress has helped, it’s just our knowledge that David hadn’t done anything wrong and our simple belief that eventually the truth outs that got us through. It has been awful though.”
Mr Tout found another job in October last year in the same line of work and his wife said his bosses were fully aware of the impending court case.
But she said: “Gossiping in our street was one of the worst things, the feeling that you are being watched and talked about is amazingly stressful.
“The stress has been immense. Starting with the emotions of losing a job you love, onto fear that somehow you could be found guilty of something you didn’t do.”
She described their friends at the Fatherless Barn Church as having been “amazing” in their belief and support of her husband.
Mrs Tout said: “We still have no clear idea what took place with the thefts. At the time of David's dismissal we asked for the police to be involved as we thought it would be the best way to prove his innocence.
“All we know is we have been thoroughly investigated and complied with the police at all times. We were happy to have our home searched by a team of police, our mobiles, laptops and iPads seized and checked, bank accounts, phone records, emails all scrutinised and car tracker data analysed and nothing concrete given as evidence of guilt.”
But she said it felt a “hollow victory” and they “shuddered” at the thought of how much the investigation must have cost.
As to the future, she added: “It is a huge relief that David has been found not guilty. It is the correct verdict and, although we both feel battered and bruised emotionally because of the ordeal, we move onwards and upwards.
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