16 November 2011
Prison guards win unfair dismissal claim
An employment tribunal has ruled that two former prison guards relieved of their duties last year were victims of unfair dismissal.
Nick Bennett and Martin Cranmer were sacked from their roles at HMYOI Castington - a category C jail located in Northumberland with a capacity of 400 inmates - after alleging bosses at the institution acted unjustly when handling an incident in March 2007, according to the Sunday Sun.
The duo were suspended on full pay after an inmate was left with two broken wrists following an incident there, but they then launched legal action on the grounds that they had been treated unfairly after whistleblowing.
During a case heard at Newcastle Crown Court, a judging panel ruled they were indeed dismissed unjustly as there is no evidence to suggest they deliberately injured the prisoner.
"We find that there was a pre-judged mindset that the two officers were guilty of gross misconduct, which was not the case," the group stated.
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Posted by Francesca Witney