Customs man in dormitory incident

PUBLISHED : Friday, 22 July, 1994, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 22 July, 1994, 12:00am

A SENIOR Customs Department training officer faces the sack after having one or two drinks too many and entering a dormitory of young women trainees.

Department officials received an anonymous letter reporting the officer, who has since been transferred pending an internal investigation.

The department yesterday confirmed inquiries were being made into the incident, which is said to have taken place on July 12 at the Tai Lam Chung training school, where trainees undertake a 13-week live-in course.

The final report will go to Customs and Excise Commissioner Don Watson, who has the authority to dismiss the officer, who is an inspector and in his 30s.

Sources said the officer entered the dormitory and began shouting at the women in ''foul and humiliating language''.

It is understood male trainees in a neighbouring dormitory heard the shouting and helped remove him from the dormitory.

Most of the women were aged between 18 and 25, many recent high school graduates.

Initial inquiries have revealed that none of the women was physically harassed by the officer.

If the officer is not dismissed from the department, he will almost certainly face disciplinary action.