Good morning, Madam President, your Honours, counsel opposite. For the Defence today myself, Courtenay Griffiths, with me Mr Morris Anyah, counsel, and we're joined today by Ms Haydee Dijkstal, a legal assistant with our team.
Madam President, this morning, just before 9 o'clock, I received a telephone call from WVS informing me that the witness is feeling unwell. Apparently he's been unwell for a while but has been able to continue with his testimony despite the pain that he is in. He has an ongoing medical problem which does cause him some discomfort and difficulty. Of course I've been unable to speak to him and consequently have not had an opportunity of assessing the situation for myself or to make the obvious inquiry whether, for example, he might be able to continue to give testimony if, for example, he were to be afforded by your Honours regular breaks. So I've had no opportunity whatsoever to discuss the matter with him.
I'm told just before Court commenced by WVS that, given his medical condition, they made an appointment for him to see a doctor at 3 o'clock this afternoon. My first initial application then is for a very short adjournment so that I could have an opportunity of discussing with the witness the extent of his discomfort and illness and whether there are other options available short of a request at this stage that we adjourn until he feels better.
Of course, it would be appropriate I think in the circumstances for someone from WVS, say, to be present whilst I speak to him because they are already alerted to his medical condition, so it shouldn't cause any embarrassment to anyone. So that my initial application then is for a 15-minute adjournment to speak to him so that I would be in a better position to address the various options which might be available with your Honours.