The Bissau Guinean national who was facing a civil suit instituted against him by one Beatrice Badjie for failing to secure her a valid United Kingdom visa have been ordered by a Kanifing Magistrates’ Court to pay back the D154, 000 to Madam Badjie with a 25 percent interest with immediate effect.
Principal Magistrate Hilary Abeke also ordered Ebrima Gassama to pay D50, 000 as cost of damages incurred in the failed visa deal agreement and another D50, 000 as cost to cover Madam Badjie’s legal expenses.
The magistrate ruled that Gassama would risk a six-week imprisonment term which shall be renewed every 6 weeks should he fail to settle the fines.
Madam Badjie (plaintiff) filed the civil suit against Gassama claiming a refund of D154, 000 being the money he requested from her on the claim that he would secure her a UK visa. The plaintiff said she already paid the said sum to the defendant in cash, plus other entitlements.
Gassama in his evidence-in-chief accepted liability of Madam Badjie’s D154, 000 claim as money she paid to him as agreement to secure her a UK visa and begged the court to allow him pay the money on instalment.
Magistrate Abeke said he has taken in to consideration that Gassama has no permanent residence in The Gambia and his agreement letter with the plaintiff stated that he (Gassama) is a Guinean residing in Dakar, Senegal who does his business in The Gambia.
He said the court maintains that for the defendant to be free from going to prison, he most deposit a security of recovering the said sum, either by a landed property or a valuable that is worth D300,00 as a guarantor in case he absconds the jurisdiction.
Madam Badjie, a hair dresser and Gassama had agreed on a United Kingdom Visa deal of which Badjie paid an agreed service fee of D154, 000 to Gassama but the process ended in a disappointment for Badjie, forcing her to claim back her money.
by Meita Touray