By Yankuba Jallow
Fafa Ceesay the first witness in the suit involving Senior Counsel Edward A. Gomez continued his testimony yesterday before Principal Magistrate Abeke.
The defendant explained that the reason for him taking this litigation to court is that the defendant (Lawyer Gomez) has not acted as agreed because their agreement was to write a summons and nothing more.
He said he drove the defendant (Lawyer Gomez) using his car to visit the empty plots of land which he bought but were illegally sold to him. He added that they did meet the Alkalo of the village where the said empty plots are situated and thereafter the defendant asked him to take him to a village dominated by Manjako inhabitants which is not far from Mamuda Village because he had something to do there. He further said because they could meet the Alkalo of the village, he drove the defendant back to his office.
“Every day I enquire from Edward about the summons he always says today or tomorrow he will do it,” PW1 said. He continued saying he (the Defendant) kept on shifting days and pushing it until he decided to ask for the money he gave him or the summons from him.
He said Lawyer Edward Gomez said that the cost for each letter he wrote is five thousand (D5000) which totalled to fifteen thousand dalasi (D15000) from there Pa Habib Mbye interjected and pleaded to the defendant to take three thousand dalasi (D3000) which means each letter to cost one thousand dalasi (D1000) but the defendant declined.
During cross-examination, the witness held that he went to Lawyer Gomez for him to write a summons and nothing else and if he failed to act as agreed he should refund him. Lawyer Gomez told the court that there was a day when the Plaintiff came using harsh language against him as well as shouting but the witness denied saying he has the recording of the conversation which has all their speeches. He added that the defendant’s insults and shouting are all in the audio recorded and his responses as well as Pa Mbye’s.
Lawyer Gomez said since 1984 the year he started his practice, he had three thousand five hundred dalasi (D3500) as his standard fee for letters and it has never changed. The case is adjourned till Monday 22 May, Tuesday 23rd, Wednesday 24th May, 2017 at 10am, 2pm and 1pm respectively.