Retired police constable fights to get job back

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 27 September, 2001, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 27 September, 2001, 12:00am

A former policeman is fighting to get his job back after being forced out for abusing the police computer system while in training.

Kam Wai-hung filed a High Court writ yesterday seeking reinstatement on grounds that the force's discipline officer had wrongfully amended a ruling made by its disciplinary tribunal on October 15 last year.

Kam, who at the time was a junior police officer, had pleaded guilty to 25 counts of obtaining unauthorised access to the Enhanced Command and Control Computer System.

At the completion of the proceedings on October 17, the tribunal gave him a severe reprimand on the first charge, a caution on the second and third and a severe reprimand for the remaining 22 charges. The tribunal also warned Kam that any further problem within 12 months would result in dismissal.

The writ states Kam continued to perform his duties at the Police Training School after the disciplinary proceedings. But four months later, the force discipline officer wrote to Kam advising him that his punishment had been upgraded to compulsory retirement with deferred benefits.

Kam's subsequent attempts to appeal against this punishment were rejected and he was forced to retire on July 13 this year.

The writ states that Kam was able only this month to raise enough money to pay for the legal advice through which he had learnt of his right to seek a judicial review of the decision.

The writ also alleges the force's discipline officer had breached police regulations in increasing the punishment and refusing to consider Kam's appeals.