The legal battle between Lawyer Edward Gomez and his client, Fafa Ceesay who instituted a civil suit against him at the Kanifing Magistrates’ Court, Tuesday proceeded with more revelations before Principal Magistrate Hilary Abeke, reported Daily Observer.
During cross-examination yesterday, Mr. Ceesay said he used his mobile phone to record the senior lawyer during a bitter exchange of words with him in his chamber. Mr. Ceesay made the revelation following Lawyer Gomez’s claim that he shouted and ranted at him in his chamber. But Mr. Ceesay, a businessman at Old Jeshwang insisted that the lawyer first insulted him, which he said he had recorded on his phone.
Mr. Ceesay is claiming D31, 500 from the lawyer as the total amount he paid to him and D30,000 as damages and cost.
“When I was entering in the lawyer’s chamber, I put my mobile phone on record and put it in my pocket. All the voices in that exchange of words were captured,” Mr. Ceesay said.
According to Mr. Ceesay, he drove the lawyer in his private car to see the plots of land in dispute, adding that after six months, the lawyer failed to summon the defendants which he said, prompted him to file a civil suit against him.
He said after claiming his money from Lawyer Gomez, he would deduct D15, 000 from the money as payment for three letters he wrote on his behalf. He said one Pa Habib Mbaye later told the lawyer to take only D3, 000 for the three letters but the lawyer disagreed to that proposal.
Lawyer Gomez told the court that did not charge the plaintiff a consultation fee, saying his minimum charge for land dispute case was D50, 000 but he reduced it for Mr. Ceesay because of Pa Habib Mbaye.
In cross-examination, lawyer Gomez said the D10, 000 that he agreed with Mr. Ceesay was for a deposit and not for his entire service of the case. “I will never succumb to blackmail. You thought that I will be embarrassed to come to court that’s why you filed a suit against me”.