Monrovia - Journalist Darlington Pelenah and two other defendants charged with armed robbery re-appeared in court Thursday and pleaded not guilty.
Thursday's appearance is the second time for the three defendants to go on trial since they were indicted in August 2012 for armed robbery.
The accused first appeared in court was last November 2012 where the trial was ordered suspended by the presiding judge at the time James Zotaa on claim by the prosecution that two of the jurors were secretly recruited on the panel.
During the middle of the trial in November prosecution lawyer Tamba Gbori made a submission to the court that two of the jurors, Annie David and Judy Blamo were recruited from the Township of West Point and put on the panel without the knowledge of the township commissioner Miatta Flowers.
Atty. Gbori told the court that they cannot trust the continue present of these two jurors on the panel especially when the commissioner of West Point from which they alleged to have come from had declared their presence as nor and void.
Reacting to the prosecution lawyer's claim, defense lawyer David Woah told the court not to accept the submission made by the prosecution when the case was already progressing and almost at the end.
However in his ruling presiding Judge James Zotaa said that he was no longer comfortable to proceed with the case to its logical conclusion when the state has raised such a grave concern.
"Maintaining the two jurors in the case to render verdict could means injustice to either of the party be it the prosecution or the defendants therefore the case must be suspended" Zotaa said.
Barely four months after the suspension of the case by Judge James Zotaa the three defendants Darlington Pelenah, Bemjamin Bookie Gbar and William Randolph re-appeared in court on Thursday denying the armed robbery charges levied against by the state.
Defendants Darlington Pelenah. Benjamin Bookie Gbar and William Randolph were arrested by the Liberia National Police on July 26 and 29 respectively and charged with armed robbery based on complaint by victim Weeks Thomas.
Victim Weeks Thomas a resident of GSA Road Community in Paynesville is reported to have narrated to the police that after closing his money exchange booth on July 25, 2012 at about 10:00 p.m two of his workers identified as Edwin Thomas and Chris Kettor took off for home.
He claimed that after they entered his yard, the defendants rushed on them with several single barrel guns and ordered to lay on the ground it was when one of the defendants grabbed his plastic bags containing US$17,000 from his green Nissan Pickup and made away with it.
The three defendants who took the stand on separate occasions deny any involvement in the armed robbery incident at the home of victim Weeks Thomas on July 25, 2012.