‘A wolf in sheep’s clothing’: Dundee fire boss sacked after attacking former partner

Charles Harkins, also known as Charlie, has got his job with the fire service back.

A senior firefighter has been sacked after he was convicted of assaulting his former partner.

Charles Harkins, known as Charlie, was relieved of his duties as a watch manager in Dundee after he was found guilty of assaulting Kimberley Musson at their home in Frederick Street, Downfield.

During his trial in June, the 49-year-old was convicted of two charges of a domestic nature.

He was found guilty of, in February last year, acting in an aggressive manner at their home by following Ms Musson from room to room.

And he was found guilty of assaulting Ms Musson by snatching a hair dryer being used by her and pulling it by force, causing a roof light to fall, Ms Musson to fall, and glass from the roof light to fall on her — all to her injury — in September last year.

He was sentenced to 150 hours of unpaid work as part of a community payback order for the offences.

Following his conviction, an internal investigation was launched within the fire service.

He was relieved of his duties following a hearing with bosses.

Colin Grieve, the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service’s local senior officer for Dundee, Angus and Perth and Kinross, said: “Charles Harkins was a watch manager when the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service was alerted to allegations of domestic abuse made against him.

“He was suspended pending further investigation and ultimately dismissed following a disciplinary hearing.

“It concluded that he had breached our code of conduct.

“We acted robustly and decisively in this case.

“The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service demands the very highest standards of all its people and Charles Harkins’ conduct clearly fell way below that standard.

“Our service absolutely condemns domestic abuse in all its complex forms, including physical, emotional and psychological abuse.

“We stand united with our Police Scotland partners in encouraging everyone to report domestic abuse.”

Ms Musson, 45, a teacher, described Harkins as a “wolf dressed in sheep’s clothing”.

She said: “I thought, with him being a firefighter, that he would be the one keeping me safe — it was the opposite.

“I have never felt so unsafe in my life — it was a nightmare.”

Harkins declined to comment on losing his job when approached by the Tele.

In a separate case, Harkins was cleared of assaulting a 12-year-old boy at his former home in Downfield last week.

The incident was alleged to have happened last year but the case was deserted by the Crown when calling at Dundee Sheriff Court.