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Caretaker to be reinstated

Published:Tuesday | January 15, 2008 | 2:17 PM

The Government has ordered that the former caretaker for Independence Park in Black River, St. Elizabeth be reinstated.

Michael Bennett was fired by the St. Elizabeth Parish Council in November last year after he failed to turn up to open the gates of the park for the Prime Minister.

The Prime Minister, Bruce Golding was arriving by helicopter to attend a function in the parish.

Following the dismissal Mr. Golding, ordered that the matter be investigated.

A release from Jamaica House said the investigation found that Mr. Bennett was wrongfully dismissed.

Mr. Bennett was fired after the Establishment Committee of St Elizabeth Parish Council voted for him to be relived of his duties on the grounds that he was informed about Mr. Golding’s arrival.

But the investigation found that the St Elizabeth Parish Council did not carry out a thorough investigation of the incident.

It also found that Mr. Bennett was not informed that the Prime Minister’s helicopter would have been landing at the park.

The police had to break off the lock on the gates of the park to allow to Prime Minister and his delegation to get out.