The National, Tuesday June 18th, 2013
A MAN, who assaulted his expatriate boss, told a court he was provoked after being sacked without being given any notice.
Lae magistrate Nasaling Bingtautold Jim Naku, of Bukawa in Morobe, to reappear in court on Friday when his boss would give his side of the story.
The committal court in Lae heard yesterday that Naku assaulted his boss around 9am on June 7 after he was sacked “without a warning or suspension notice”.
The court heard that Naku, a father-of-five and a truck driver with the East West Trucking company, was involved in a road accident involving a company vehicle.
Management decided to sack him because of the accident, the court heard.
When his expatriate manager relayed the message to him, Naku knocked the manager off his chair and punched him several times in the face, the court heard.
He was treated at the Lae International Hospital for injuries.
Police presented his medical report in court.
Naku admitted assaulting his boss but said he had been provoked because he was not given any warning or suspension notice but sacked on the spot.
He said the accident he was involved in was not serious enough to warrant his sacking.