REX
V.
GEORGE C. THOMAS

JELR 81052 (WACA)    
West Africa Court of Appeal  ·  West Africa [For WACA cases]
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Other Citations
1942 8 WACA 135-139
CORAM
COR. KINGDON AND PETRIDES, C.JJ. AND FRANCIS, J.
Core Terms Beta
sentence
hard labour
african standard
alleged defamatory publication
defamatory libel
george s. c. willoughby
public funds
sierra leone
superintendent of prisons
27th day of february
accused thomas
date
defamatory matter
george c. thomas
highest official
months imprisonment
office staff
p. h. h. bayley
various dates
wilfred henry thomas
criminal libel
few of the warders
first offence of defamatory libel
grounds of appeal
patrick hamilton bayley
supreme court of sierra leone
appellant admitted publication
chief warder of the freetown prisons
close of the case
criminal sessions
following judgment
following particulars
later date
newspaper article
official record
only record of the formal charge
paper article
preliminary investigation
present appellant
principal warder of the freetown prisons
procedure ordinance
said record

 KINGDON, C.J., NIGERIA, PETRIDES, C.,J GOLD COAST AND FRANCIS, J., NIGERIA. The appellant was charged jointly with another man named George S. C. Willoughby upon information in the Supreme Court of Sierra Leone upon three counts of libel, the particulars given being: -

Count 1—“George S. C. Willoughby and George C. Thomas on or “about the 27th day of February, 1942. in the Colony of Sierra Leone “published a defamatory libel concerning Patrick Hamilton Bayley “the Superintendent of Prisons, Sierra Leone, in the form of a News- “paper article in a publican called. “The African Standard” which “contained the following defamatory matter concerning the said “Patrick Hamilton Bayley:

“On the other hand. I saw that in prison ‘honesty’ is “not the best policy. Every one-from the highest official to the “lowest crook is doing it. To be candid with the exception of “a few of the warders and one or two isolated members of the “office staff, the whole gang of official ought, in justice to be ‘gar…

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