Court orders re-hearing of public servant’s case


A COURT has ordered the Public Service Commission to re-hear a decision to sack a public servant who allegedly tried to steal a computer from a Government office in 2012.
Justice Colin Makail made the order last Friday in the Waigani National Court during a judicial review application filed by Christopher Peter.
He was the acting officer in charge of assets at the Department of Agriculture and Livestock.
Peter was charged with a disciplinary offence on March 9, 2012, when he allegedly tried to steal the computer.
He explained that he took the computer out of the office to fix it at a computer shop in downtown Port Moresby.
He was found guilty on April 24, 2012, and sacked. He appealed the decision on May 2, 2012.
Public Service Commission upheld the decision to sack him on February 28, 2013.
Peter filed the judicial review on the grounds that the Public Service Commission decision was in breach of the principles of natural justice.
He argued that his dismissal was unreasonable given that he had only removed the computer from office to have it repaired and returned.
Makail ordered that the matter be remitted to the Public Service Commission for a re-hearing on a date and time to be fixed.
The court refused to order his reinstatement to his position because the original decision of the secretary of the department still remained.

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