THE DRIVER of multimillionaire Raymond Mould, who was sacked for allegedly giving his boss's dog a bone, has won his claim for unfair dismissal.
Ivor James, aged 60, was sacked during a 12-minute telephone call on November 5, just two days after feeding a piece of gristle to the Labrador, named Merlin, at Mould's country estate in Gloucestershire.
He was told a bone had been discovered in the stomach of the dog, which had recently undergone surgery after eating conkers, when it was taken to a veterinary hospital in Solihull.
Mr Mould, whose wealth was estimated at £60 million in 2010, told the tribunal he has been absolutely furious after discovering Mr James had fed the dog a bone knowing its medical history.
But Mr James, who begun to work for Mr Mould in September 2009, denied feeding the dog a bone, claiming it was simply a grisly piece of meat.
Tribunal Judge Christopher Camp ruled that the property tycoon had not acted reasonably in dismissing Mr James, adding that Mr Mould had also failed to conduct an adequate investigation into the alleged incident or speak to a housekeeper who witnessed it.
"No reasonable employer in Mr Mould's shoes would have done this," the judge added.
"The claimant wasn't even given the courtesy of a face-to-face discussion.
"Simply picking up the phone and telling somebody that they are sacked is not a way any reasonable employer would behave."