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D70,000 civil suit reaches tribunal

May 9, 2011, 2:07 PM | Article By: Yusuf Ceesay

The Industrial Tribunal of the Kanifing Magistrates' Court recently heard a civil suit brought against a man called Christopher J. Fuller, by one Omar Saine, the plaintiff.

The plaintiff's claim was D70,000, being money due for seven months of unpaid wages; D500,000 as damages of breach of contract and interest of 25% per annum and cost.

The particulars of claim revealed that the plaintiff is a highly qualified and experienced auto-mechanic, who at all material times was running his own auto-mechanic repair workshop at Kerr Serign Njagga, Kombo North district.

According to the claim, the defendant, who was also a businessman, in 2009 approached the plaintiff to work for him for a salary of D10,000 per month.

It further stated that the defendant also agreed with the plaintiff to own up to 5 per cent of any joint business he (the plaintiff) should work with him.

The plaintiff's claim further indicated that the defendant set up a car repair workshop at Brusubi, in that he (the plaintiff) began to work.

The claim further stated that he worked for the defendant for seven months without pay and without any indication that he owned part of the business.

The plaintiff stated in the claim that his legal practitioner wrote to the defendant demanding payment of D70,000 for the work done by the plaintiff but to no avail.

He therefore claimed losses as a result of the defendant's action.

The case, chaired by Magistrate Clement Ngube, was adjourned till 11 May 2011.