Disabled group triumphs over church in land dispute


May 13, 2015 By Hassan Gbassay Koroma

A disabled organization in the Waterloo Rural District has won a court battle over a disputed land, with the losing party being the Lord Mission Ministry Church headed by Rev. Hassan Mansaray.

Justice Alusine Sesay of the Freetown High Court yesterday ruled against the evangelical church, thus upholding a previous decision by Magistrate Tommy Ganda of the Waterloo Magistrate Court.

The magistrate had ruled against the church and ordered that the portion of land at Four Mile in the Waterloo Rural District be returned to the disabled organization.

The Lord Mission Ministry Church claimed they had bought the said piece of land from the disabled organization and appealed that the decision of the lower court should be quashed.

However, the court dismissed that argument and thus ordered that the case be struck out with cost of Le1 million because their lawyers had filed within the period stated in the High Court Rules.

Augustine S. Marah Esq., counsel for the disabled group, had successfully argued that the plaintiff’s application did not follow the right procedure of the High Court Rules and that what the latter was asking for has no legal basis.