26 June 2012

Liberia: Four Armed Robbers Get Nine-Year Sentence

The Criminal Court "D" at the Temple of Justice in Monrovia has sentenced four armed robbers to nine years imprisonment. Criminal Court "D" Judge George Wiles giving his ruling Monday, ordered the sheriff to detain defendants Eric Togba, Emmanuel Sackie, Junior Kollie and Teddy Boy at a common jail where they can be trained to become useful citizens during the nine years period without hard labor.

During the trial, State Prosecutors Assistant Justice Minister for Litigation Augustine C. Fayiah and River Gee County Attorney Wesseh A. Wesseh produced three witnesses against the accused party, but the defendants pleaded guilty before the court, blaming the devil for allegedly fooling them to arm rob victims John Fallah and David B. Banks.

Defendant Tedy Boy begged the court for mercy, and promised that they will never be involved in armed robbery, following which the defense counsel rested with producing additional witnesses. However, the trial jury earlier handed a unanimous guilty verdict against the defendants following final argument into the case.

Confirming the jury's guilty verdict Monday at the armed robbery court, Judge Wiles ruled that a person has committed a capital offense of armed robbery which is a felony of the first degree if in a process or force of committing theft he [that person] threatens to kill, kills or inflicts bodily injuries upon a person or group of persons in eminent danger or peril of life under gun point or by means of explosive weapons, other lethal devices or instruments.

The Judge recalled that the defendants Emmanuel Sackie- aka Joe Tate Cessious, Junior Kollie, Teddy Boy- aka Money Sweet, Zark, Badman Roberts and Shavy were indicted on November 2, 2011 and charged with armed robbery.

Bu the trial judge said during pre-trial conference, the court granted the state prosecutors' request for separate trial for four of the defendants, including Eric Togba, Emmanuel Sackie, Junior Kollie and Teddy Boy.

Notwithstanding, Judge Wiles has ordered the arrest of defendants Zark and Shavy, who are said to be on the run, to face trial. In his ruling, the judge said such measures will serve as a lesson to other young Liberians and will deter young people from committing crimes.

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