Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Thrown out of Court

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Thrown out of Court

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Byline: CRAIG THOMPSON Chief Reporter @craigjourno

A PROMINENT Tyneside businessman was kicked out of his own court case over claims he made frightening threats to a former employee who sued for unfair dismissal.

Mohammed Kaliq, who runs Gainford Care Homes Ltd and Gainford Hotels which owns Newcastle's Vermont Hotel - was excluded from proceedings at a North Shields tribunal over claims he intimidated former area manager Margaret Roe.

The tribunal also heard his son Imran Kaliq drove his car towards Mrs Roe at speed, forcing her to jump to safety on the day the case was due to start.

The case, before Judge Hesselberth, had been brought by former care worker Gemma Tipple, who claimed unfair dismissal after her sacking from Gainford Care Homes in November 2011.

Her case was backed by her former boss Mrs Roe, who had also launched her own claim for constructive, unfair dismissal and victimisation.

Mrs Roe told the tribunal she left her job after Mr Kaliq did his best to persuade her to abandon her support for the sacked care worker.

On the first day the case got to court, the tribunal heard Mr Kaliq snr "threatened Mrs Roe" and warned he would expose private information about her to the press, while the tribunal heard his son Mr Kaliq jnr left the former manager fearing for her life by driving his car at "grossly excessive speed" in her direction.

As a result of the complaints the tribunal judge took the "extreme step" of debarring Mr Kaliq, his evidence and witnesses from the hearing.

Neither of the men gave evidence to confirm or deny the allegations made against them.

The decision was on the basis Mrs Roe was left "fearful for her life and a very, very frightened lady".

The tribunal was satisfied that "Mohammed Kaliq had threatened to expose various matters of a personal nature affecting Mrs Roe to the press if she continued with the proceedings and thereby attempted to intimidate her into abandoning her own claim and her support of Miss Tipple".

The tribunal accepted Mrs Roe had been "forced to move quickly" to avoid being struck by Mr Kaliq jnr's car. …

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