A FORMER security man at the County Limerick home of JP McManus was sacked after he was found sleeping on the job, an employment appeals tribunal has heard.
John Alymer, Ballyvista, Emly is taking an unfair dismissals case against Mr McManus’ wife Noreen McManus of Martinstown Stud outside Kilmallock.
The 32-year-old, who worked at the stud farm at Martinstown for 10 years prior to his dismissal, also claims he did not receive the required minimum notice. It is alleged Mr Alymer was observed sleeping for 20 minutes during a random security test carried out at Martinstown Stud on June 9 2010.
Outlining the case at an Employment Appeals Tribunal in the Castle Oaks Hotel, Castleconnell on Tuesday, barrister for Mrs McManus, Mairead McKenna said security was paramount for the McManus family who reside on an extensive estate, which is also home to high value racehorses.
She said Martinstown is also home to an extensive art collection. She said it was important security officers were alert at all times and described the claims against Mr Alymer as a “gross dereliction of his duties”.
The hearing heard the number of security officers at Martinstown Stud was increased from four to 10 when the McManus’ new €120 million home was completed in 2009. Evidence was heard from independent security consultant Daniel Elliot who was employed by the Mc Manus’ in 2009 to upgrade their security system.
The tribunal was told Mr Elliot spent 20 years working on security for the Sultan of Brunei who has a large estate in London.
At the time of his dismissal, Mr Alymer whose net weekly income was €459.48 was on a final written warning.
On June 9 2010, DJ Roche, head of security at Martinstown and James Broderick were involved in a random security test at Martinstown when they observed Mr Alymer asleep at 3.20am in one of the security huts on the estate.
Ms McKenna said the complainant was asleep to the point that he “could be heard snoring from outside”.
She said the security dog ‘Pickles’ was barking aggressively and loudly and all the time Mr Alymer remained “comatosed, arms outstretched, legs up and with his shoes off”.
Solicitor for Mr Alymer, Colin Morrissey said his client was very proud of his position at Martinstown and that he would be refuting all the allegations.
He claimed his client had been warned by Mr Roche three days before the security test that he would not be in Martinstown for much longer. The hearing was told there was no CCTV footage or photographs of his client asleep on the job. The case was adjourned for further evidence until February 19.