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Chief Justice Appears In Court Over Land Dispute


Chief Justice Appears In Court Over Land Dispute

By Jane B. Mansaray………………..
The former Acting Chief Justice of the Republic of Sierra Leone, Justice Valicious Thomas yesterday appeared before Principal Magistrate, Binneh Kamara of Siaka Stevens Street Magistrate Court No.1 in relation to an alleged matter of insulting language against him involving an accused person, Ibrahim Issa Kamara.
In his evidence in court, the factual witness who also doubles as complainant in the matter, Mr. Valicious Thomas who appeared in court on a subpoena order told the court that he recognized the accused whom he said he had known for several years.
The witness said he first came in contact with the accused person some time in 2007 to 2008 at a shop at Adelaide Street in Freetown. He said subsequent to that meeting, he had made several efforts to reconcile with the accused for an alleged land dispute between the two of them in respect of a land at Peninsular Road Adonkia in Freetown, before the accused traveled to the United States of America.
The witness continued that even when the accused was in the United States, there were number of email communications between them in respect of the same issue and even had cause to write his then Lawyer, Ajibola Manly Spain in order to settle the matter amicably.
Mr. Thomas said that when all efforts to get the matter amicably failed, he then instructed his solicitor Lawyer Yada Williams and Associate for a written sermon to be instituted at the High Court. At the High Court, the witness said the matter was concluded in his favor in May 2015.
The witness furthered that few weeks after the judgment had been delivered, he received a USA registered telephone number from the accused but according to the witness the call was very unpleasant as the accused challenged and abused him profusely.
He said he had cause to disconnect the call as the accused still continued to call on his mobile phone line but refused not to answer his subsequent calls anymore.
On the 3rd of June 2015, the witness said he received an email from the accused person and following the email sent by the accused he then wrote a complain letter to the accused former Lawyer, Manly Spain with an attachment letter and the said email message.
The witness said he recalled on 2nd and 4th October 2015 whilst at his then Chief Justice Office at the Main Law Court building on Siaka Stevens Street in Freetown, at about mid-day on the 2nd October the Administrative Assistant to him entered his office and informed him of the accused visit who alleged that he had a land dispute with him.
Mr. Valicious Thomas said that he then sent the Administrative Assistant to inform the accused that he doesn’t want to see him as the matter had been adjourned at the High Court.
On the same day he said after he had sent the Administrative Assistant to relay a message to the accused, the witness said he got a text message on his cell phone with a registered Airtel mobile number 076 640590 with very abusive and threatening words remarks and from the content, the witness said he concluded that it must have come from the accused.
He said he wrote down the said message in his own hand writing on a piece of paper and then called and informed AIG Morie Lengor as to what had transpired.
On the same date at about 12:42pm, three Police officers headed by an ASP visited his office and he narrated what exactly transpired between him and the accused.
On the 4th October 2015, the witness said he received another email message from the accused with the same email address with an insulting and threatening language.
The witness said he printed the email messages and supplied the Police on their second visit at his then said office in Freetown.
The letter of complaint to the accused then Lawyer Manly Spain together with the email attached copy and other documents in relation to the matter were identified by the witness, produced and tendered in court as Exhibit (d1) to (4) and (e) to(f).
The accused is charged with offences ranging from threatening language and insulting language contrary to Section 3 (1) of the Public Order Act No46 of 1965.
The particulars of offence state that the accused on diverse dates in 2015 used an insulting language against the Chief Justice and thereby challenged and threatened him.
Lawyer Charles Francis Margai is defending the accused whilst Lawyer Sahid Mohamed Sesay is associating with the Police Prosecutor Sergeant 922 Dumbuya J representing the substantive prosecutor ASP Samuel Kamara.
Bail continues for the accused and the matter was adjourned to the 17th February 2016.

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