(1964) JELR 69537 (HC)    
High Court  ·  8 Jan 1964 ·  Ghana
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[1964] GLR 23
Core Terms Beta
privileged occasion
adverse effect
compartment of the truck
contamination of product
customers’ vehicles
definite contamination of the motor spirit
laboratory analysis of the product
mobil products
modern authorities
plaintiff’s employers
bona fide
bush lord campbell
commonwealth haulage company
communication of the said letter
description of a privileged occasion
djabanor j.
driver of the said truck
driver of this truck
earlier portion of the passage
effect of such petrol
erle c. j.
facts of this case
fine arts
following terms
future examinations of vehicle compartments
ground of an interest
host of authorities
interest of the public
lord atkinson
matter of common interest
maule5 cockburn c.j.
mobil oil ghana
moral duty
motor spirit
obvious conclusion
part of the person writing
party making
petrol stations
private duty
reasonable grounds
said commonwealth haulage company ltd.
said letter
subject matter
such contamination of petrol
use of such language

DJABANOR J.: This is a claim by the plaintiff against the defendants for libel contained in a letter written by the defendants to the plaintiff’s employers - who acting upon the said letter dismissed the plaintiff from their employment. There is no doubt in my mind that the letter is defamatory. It is in the following terms:


P. O. Box 450,


May 16th, 1963.

Commonwealth Haulage Company,

P. O. Box 1993,


Attention Mr. Fruoh

Dear Sir,

In one of our periodic checks for contamination of product, especially of motor spirit, a sample was removed from vehicle WE 5974 on 13th April, 1963, against D/N 23508. A laboratory analysis of the product from each compartment of the truck indicates that there was definite contamination of the motor spirit with either gas oil or kerosene. We believe the driver of this truck on the delivery in question was a man by the name of Mosi. Mobil considers contamination to be very serious as the effect of such petrol has an advers…

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