A caretaker overseeing a royal house in the United Kingdom has been fired for allegedly giving away 5 5 million worth of royal artefacts, claiming it was intended to rot and catch fire.
According to BBCBrian Wilson, who was fired from his post at Seaford Hall in Staffordshire’s Second Grade, allowed an antique dealer to walk around with a 460-year-old piece of ornament, including Queen Elizabeth I’s royal coat. Mr Wilson thought he was puzzled by the oak overmantle wood beetle and dry rot, and he even threw it in a pile of wood, before giving it to antique trader Andrew Potter, who later tried to sell it.
Mr Potter had planned to turn the engraving into a headboard but was warned of its potential value and put it up for auction last year. Stafford Borough Council then went to court to bar the Whitworth auction from selling the piece. Local authorities said no listed building had agreed to remove the panel, which is considered one of the hall’s integral fixtures and fittings.
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Mr Wilson was then called in to investigate the transfer of the overmantel, the sale of two fireplaces and a tractor without the approval of his employers. But he did not attend the meeting or any subsequent disciplinary meeting to dismiss him in 2020. He has been shown to have committed serious misconduct.
However, after the dismissal, Mr. Wilson took his employer, Seaford Hall Nursing Homes Limited, to a tribunal for unjust dismissal.
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Employment Judge Kate Hindmarch ruled that the dismissal was “procedurally unfair”, however, adding that the plaintiff agreed to remove the engraving without consent, claiming the engraving was “too weakly repaired”. BBC Judge Hindmarch reportedly awarded Mr Wilson £ 4,065.82 in wages and an unlawful deduction from unpaid leave pay. But he also ruled that he was not entitled to any additional compensation for his dismissal.