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Sierra Leone News: Court orders Brewery to pay Le150m – Defence calls for more time

Justice Miatta Samba has adjourned the case of Tonyd’s and Sons versus Sierra Leone Brewery Limited to Thursday 6th December for the plaintiffs counsel to reply to a submission made by the lawyer representing the Sierra Leone Brewery. On Monday 15th October 2018, Justice Samba, of the Fast Track Commercial Court, ordered Sierra Leone Brewery Limited (SLBL) Wellington Industrial Estate to pay Le150 million in damages to Tonyd’s and Sons at Black Hall Road. Sierra Leone Brewery and Tonyd’s and Sons were business partners in 2014. Tonyd’s was one of the distributors of SLBL. Their business dealings went sour, which forced the plaintiff Tonyd’s and Son’s to take SLBL to court in order to fulfil their business commitment. In one of her orders Justice Samba said SLBL should pay Tonyd’s Le24 million to recover loss of income for 10 months of vehicle time from December 2014 to September 2015, adding that the defendant should pay Le150 million for damages and breach of contract. On Monday 3rd December 2018, counsel for the defendant (SLBL), Maurice Garber, asked Justice Samba for a stay of execution, pending the outcome of the matter at the Appeal Court. The defendant is currently appealing the amount levied by Justice Samba for damages at the Court of Appeal. “Our only concern is the issue that has to do with general damages, as we have started to pay with regards to the other orders,” he said. He furthered that they have no problem with paying the money, noting that his client is financially capable, but needed time for his appeal to be heard first with regards to damages.  Justice Samba has adjourned the matter to 6th December 2018, for the plaintiff’s counsel to reply.

MJB/3/12/18

By Mohamed J. Bah

Tuesday December 04, 2018.

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