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Palmer's sacked guard suffers heart attack after allegations

ABC SCREEN GRAB: Mr Palmer.
ABC SCREEN GRAB: Mr Palmer.

THE security guard Clive Palmer told national television was sacked because he was "drunk on duty" has suffered a "mild heart attack".

Mike Hennessy was admitted to a Bundaberg Hospital at 3am on Wednesday, less than two days after Mr Palmer made his claims on the ABC'S Q&A.

The 58-year-old told the Daily from his hospital bed that he had a diagnosed heart condition.

But he said he was "tipped over the edge" as he had been without work since leaving the resort in October and Mr Palmer's allegations had not helped.

He has been considering suing Mr Palmer for defamation.

"I don't drink, except the occasional glass of wine with diner," he said.

"I don't want him to get away with this.

"It is not about the money. He needs to be taught a lesson.

"He can't do this to people."

Former staff at the resort have also come to Mr Hennessy's defence.

They have told other media he was never known to drink on duty.

Mr Hennessy turned whistle-blower after leaving the resort last October, providing another newspaper with detailed accounts of alleged bullying from Mr Palmer at his Coolum Resort.

He had also sought to claim unfair dismissal as a result of leaving the resort and a complaint had been referred to the Workplace Ombudsman.

Mr Hennessy told the Daily he had decided not to pursue the unfair dismissal claim as "I was trying to reduce my stress".

"Then he piped up with this rubbish," Mr Hennessy said.

"It did what I feared it would do, it put me in hospital.

"I am not blaming him completely for it, but I easily tipped over the edge.

"I've been out of work since October. I am really sick and tired of him.

"Just when you think everything is finished, something else pops up."

Madeleine Gilmour, who asked Mr Palmer the question on Q&A which provoked his response, was distraught she may have contributed to Mr Hennessy being in hospital.

"I didn't dream my question would provoke the malicious response which would cause Mike Hennessy to have a heart attack," Ms Gilmour said.

Mr Palmer said he was obviously concerned for Mr Hennessy's health.

"I am sorry to hear he is in hospital," he said.

"We will send flowers."

Topics:  bundaberg hospital clive palmer heart attack q&a


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