Christopher Cole Esq
It has emerged that the office of the Attorney General and Minister of Justice is protecting Christopher Cole Esq from facing justice after he allegedly defrauded his former client.
The Sierra Leone Police subsequently prepared charges against Mr Cole and sent them to the Director of Public Prosecution for advice. Mr Cole has been working at the Law Officers’ Department, Guma Building, for over a year now. Our investigations reveal that the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), Easmon Nathanael Ngakui, is yet to advise the Sierra Leone Police (SLP) to level charges against the lawyer.
The file is however nowhere to be seen as we write. It was reported that the file got missing twice at the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP’s) office. It could be recalled that Christopher Cole was formerly attached to the law firm of Halloway and Partners at No. 8 Howe Street in Central Freetown. But he is now at the Law Officers’ Department, Guma Building as one of the newest recruited Government lawyers and standing accused of defrauding his former client, an old, vulnerable woman whom he represented in the sale of her property located at No. 70 Pademba Road in Freetown.
Sometime this year, Madam Elizabeth Coker residing at Hill Station, who wanted to sell her property, sought Lawyer Cole’s legal service.
In May last year, the lawyer expedited the sale of the land and a deal struck at Le720, 000, 000. 00 (seven hundred and twenty million Leones) for the property and the money paid in full into the lawyer’s bank account.
As an old woman, she took Lawyer Cole as her son after confiding in him that her children were not owning up to their responsibility.
Probably taking advantage of the woman’s vulnerability, Lawyer Cole allegedly slashed the service fee of Le100, 000, 000. 00 (one hundred million Leones) from the amount paid into his account.
The woman had no problem with that, but he allegedly continued to disburse without her instruction monies to unknown debtors, including refunds to tenants affected by the sale.
Whatever was the problem, Lawyer Cole failed to open an account for the old woman so that he could allegedly make the transfer of money, a move that created suspicion.
And by August this year, just three months since the sale of the land, Lawyer Cole broke the shocking news to Madam Coker to stop harassing him for money as she no longer had money in that account; meaning she had spent everything through payments made by him on her instructions.
This was untenable; as the woman could not be convinced by what the lawyer told her since Lawyer Cole never produced bank statements to substantiate his claims.
But, she at least confided to this medium that since the money was paid, she had had no access to the account as it was being operated solely by Lawyer Cole.
What the old woman wants now is to know how Lawyer Cole spent the money and why he could not produce bank statements of withdrawals.
However, since that demand from the lady, Lawyer Cole has been dodging her. She declined to this medium any knowledge of the lawyer asking her to open an account. She admitted however that she has been receiving money from the account operated by the lawyer in bits whenever she needed money.
But the problem, she went on, was that they had never sat together to reckon to know what was being withdrawn and the balance remaining.
When contacted, the lawyer’s first reaction was to describe the woman as a criminal, saying she merely wanted to smear his image. His excuse for not creating a special account was that the old woman could not bring necessary documents that would enable him to open an account for her such as Identity Cards and utility bills payment receipts. He also said it was normal for lawyers to operate accounts on behalf of their clients but denied the allegation of misdirecting the money, saying the old woman has indeed exhausted the fund in the account.
Lawyer Cole could not produce bank statements though but tendered several written undertakings in payment to people he claimed the old woman instructed to pay. He also cited his wife and brother as being knowledgeable of all the transactions between him and Madam Coker.