May 26, 2015 By Hassan Gbassay Koroma
Justice Patrick Hamilton yesterday noted in court that he was determined to leave a legacy as “a no nonsense judge”.
He was speaking during proceedings of a matter involving one Francis Jonah, who had filed a lawsuit against Alie Abass for refusal to pay the former his end of service benefit.
According to Judge Hamilton, he had advised both parties to settle the matter out of court, with the assistance of one Max Alie, a Labour Officer, but was surprised to see them again in court after they had acquiesced to his admonition.
“What I hate is for someone to fool me. You promised that you would settle this matter out of court and a chance was given to you to do so,” he fumed. “I hate someone fooling me and I can be very much annoyed and do anything when I noticed that someone is fooling me. I am here to make sure that justice prevails because I know that someday I am going to die and would face judgment.”
However, Alie Abass, who is the defendant in the matter, testified in court that the plaintiff, Francis Jonah, was never employed as a bus driver.
He produced a National Social Security and Insurance Trust (NASSIT) document bearing the names of all his staff, with the plaintiff’s name missing. He told the court he had not employed the plaintiff because the latter was incapable of driving a bus.
The plaintiff, in 2014, sued the defendant for failure to pay his end of service benefit, calculated in the sum of Le25 million.
Judge Hamilton adjourned the matter until 8 June, 2015.