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Woman accused of ‘fake claims' over chair incident at Highland office

Posted On: 21 Oct 2019   |   Posted By: Press and Journal

A civil servant who claimed to be the victim of cruel office pranks has been accused of gross misconduct.
In 2010, DeeAnn Fitzpatrick accused two male colleagues of restraining her in a chair, in an incident that left her feeling “mentally destroyed.”
An image of Ms Fitzpatrick taped and gagged was shared last year, causing shockwaves across Scotland.
First Minster Nicola Sturgeon said she was “absolutely horrified” and instructed the country's most senior civil servant, Leslie Evans, to carry out an inquiry.
A Herald investigation has now found that the ex-fisheries officer is facing a disciplinary hearing over her account of the incident at Marine Scotland's Scrabster office in Caithness.
She is accused of making “false statements” regarding the date of the chair incident, which her colleagues claimed was an office prank.
She also claimed the incident took place in December 2010, when, in fact, electronic data embedded in the picture confirmed it was taken more than 12 months earlier, in August 2009.
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