The Chief Executive wrongly sacked a police chief inspector after being given unfair information concerning money the officer took from a police bail safe, a court heard yesterday. In a judicial review in the Court of First Instance, former chief inspector Martin Heyes, 48, is challenging the decision to have him compulsorily retired after he took $5,000 from a police safe in October 1998. Mr Heyes, who had been in the force for 23 years, admitted removing the money but claimed it was only a temporary loan. His attempts to replace the cash by using money from another safe were discovered the next day. Lawyer Nigel Kat said Mr Heyes faced a disciplinary tribunal in which he admitted one charge of improperly removing money from the first safe for personal use, one of improperly approaching another officer for a loan, and one of obtaining $5,000 from the duty officer's safe to cover up his deeds. That tribunal recommended he receive a severe reprimand and reduction in rank, to be suspended for six months. The matter was then referred to then-deputy commissioner Tsang Yam-pui, who asked the Chief Executive to order Mr Heyes be retired. The order was made but later quashed in the Court of First Instance and Mr Heyes was reinstated on August 28 last year. Mr Tsang then gave a second report to the Chief Executive recommending compulsory retirement. It stated Mr Heyes was dishonest, said Mr Kat. The Chief Executive's decision to act on this report, which Mr Kat said was not presented fairly and breached regulations, was the subject of yesterday's hearing. The case continues on December 24.