Murderer loses unfair job dismissal case

Roger Kearney
Roger Kearney

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A MAN convicted of murder has lost his case against Royal Mail for unfair dismissal.

Roger Kearney, 57, was sacked in December 2009 when he was charged with murdering 40-year-old Paula Poolton.

He took his employer to a tribunal because he claimed it had breached his human rights by sacking him ahead of his trial.

Kearney, of Sarisbury Green, had been seeking £8,225 at the hearing in Reading for loss of earnings he said he should have been paid while on bail.

Today tribunal Judge Raymond Trickey said being charged with murder was inconsistent with standards expected in his job.

The former van driver was convicted in June at Winchester Crown Court of stabbing his married lover, and has now been jailed for life with a 15-year minimum tariff.