Wendel Robinson was fired yesterday, after serving 32 years as a police officer, without pension.
In a letter, dated November 25th, 2019 by Chairman of the Police Service Commission (PSC), Kelvin John said Robinson was being removed from office in the public interest.
In the letter to Robsinson, John stated that the suspended officer that the treatment of his entitlement to pension is documented in “Section 7 of the Pensions Act”, which states that “Where an officer’s service is terminated on the grounds that… such termination is desirable in the public interest, and a pension, gratuity or other allowance cannot otherwise be granted to him under the provisions of this Act”.
According to that Act, the Governor-General may, if he thinks fit, grant pension, gratuity or other allowance “as he thinks just and proper”, not exceeding the amount that the officer would receive, had he retired from the public service.
He was suspended nearly two years ago over allegations of misconduct in office but the court ordered that he be reinstated.
Instead of following the order of the court, the PSC suspended him again.
Prime Minister Gaston Browne called on Robinson to accept a negotiated settlement.