Lawyer clashes with Magistrate


NOVEMBER 18, 2014 By Patrick J Kamara

Lawyer Mohamed Sahid Sesay yesterday clashed with presiding magistrate at the Pademba Road Magistrates’ Court No.2, Mohamed Serray-Wurie, after the latter shouted at him to stand up while addressing the Bench.

Apparently, the characteristic tone in which the magistrate barked his orders did not go down well with the lawyer, igniting a sharp reaction.

In an angry tone, the lawyer remonstrated with the magistrate that his mood was always unfriendly to lawyers, noting that he would lodge a formal complaint with the Chief Justice.

 “I’m a senior lawyer and lecturer at the Law School of Sierra Leone; if you were at the School I would have lectured you,” lawyer Sesay told the magistrate.

The defense counsel further stated that colleagues had complained about the attitude of the magistrate on several occasions. He said it was his right to lead his client in a manner he thought comfortable for him. He also informed the magistrate that he would make an application in the High Court for the matter to be transferred to another court.

In his response, Magistrate Wurie, in a rather subdued tone, said he would not comment on the utterances of the senior counsel.

The feisty argument erupted after the private legal practitioner attempted to lead his client – Abdul Harding Fofana – in cross-examination while remaining on his seat.