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Magistrate recuses from case

Aug 22, 2012, 10:00 AM | Article By: Dawda Faye

Magistrate Jobarteh of the Kanifing Magistrates’ Court on 14 August 2012 recused herself from presiding over the case involving Idrissa Jobarteh, who sued Sheraton Hotel at the Industrial Tribunal for wrongful termination of his services.

The development followed the announcement by the magistrate that Idrissa Jobarteh, the plaintiff, is her cousin and could not preside over the case any longer.

She told the tribunal that the case would be assigned to another chairman to preside over it.

The case was then adjourned to 8 October 2012.

It would be recalled that the plaintiff testified against the defendant.

In another development, Muhammed Hydara, on the same day, testified on behalf of Musa Boye who dragged Kololi Beach Club to the Industrial Tribunal for wrongfully terminating his employment.

The witness told the tribunal that he lives at Kotu South, and was working at Kololi Beach Club as a generator operator in 1998.

He adduced that he knows the plaintiff, Musa Boye, adding that they were in the same department, and that the plaintiff joined him in the department in 2002.

He added that the plaintiff was employed as a carpenter by the defendant, further stating that he did not know how the plaintiff was employed.

The witness also testified that they were issued with pay slips when they received their salaries, which did not bear the name of the defendant.

He told the tribunal that sometimes they were paid through the bank, adding that the plaintiff was paid D2,400 inclusive of transport and food allowance.

Under cross-examination, the witness told the tribunal that Musa Boye was employed on contract basis in 2002, stating that they were working at the Maintenance Department.

When it was put to him that he was working at the Housekeeping Department, he maintained that he was working at the hotel’s Maintenance Department in 2008.

The case was at that juncture adjourned to 4 September 2012.