December 15, 2016 By Patrick Jaiah Kamara
Tears yesterday ran down the cheeks of Justice Patrick Omolade Hamilton whilst he disclosed his imminent departure to head the Political Parties Registration Commission (PPRC), replacing the late Justice Tolla Thompson, who passed away in September this year.
Justice Hamilton, who has over forty years at the Sierra Leone Judiciary, presides at the Industrial court and he is also an associate justice in the Supreme Court of Sierra Leone.
“I am going but am not happy to leave this building. I will be out but my two eyes and ears will always be in this building because I want to see justice flourish. I have spent almost all my life in this building,” he said in tears.
He told the court that he had succeeded Late Justice Thompson as a judge in Kenema, as an Industrial court Judge and now he would be replacing him as the Chairman at the PPRC.
He made the disclosure while venting his anger on Hon. Osman Karanky Mansaray of constituency 050, who has refused to obey court’s order after being summoned for allegedly disturbing and obstructing the execution of a previous court order, which was being executed by the Undersheriff in the LunsarTownship.
“I have spent forty years in the Judiciary and I want to move out with respect. Court order must be respected. The only thing that can stop a court order is an application from the superior court and nothing else,” he said.
Justice Hamilton had previously served as a judge in the Sierra Leone High Court and Court of Appeal. He was appointed as a Supreme Court justice by Sierra Leone’s president Ernest Bai Koroma and took office on January 22, 2009 after being confirmed by the Sierra Leone Parliament.