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The judge of the 13th Judicial Circuit Court of Margibi County, Yamie Quiqui Gbeisay has sentenced three individuals for armed robbery for 10 and five years respectively.

The three men were convicted of the crimes of criminal conspiracy and armed robbery after been adjudged by a fifteen men panel jury. The ruling has indicated that on July 24, 2016, the Kakata branch of ECO-Bank was attacked by armed robbers, and due to the quick response of the Liberia National Police they arrested numbers of persons and subsequently charged four persons.

Those convicted were Samuel N. Davies, Alex Yarkpawolo, Abraham Doe and Dennis Dioh who were charged with criminal conspiracy and armed robbery in violation of Chapter 10.15 section 15.32 of the Revised Penal Code of Liberia.

The defendants were forwarded to court on March 7, 2017and formerly indicted by the grand inquest of the Margibi County and served with a writ of arrest.Accordingly, Judge Gbeisay`s ruling noted that the defendants have earlier pleaded guilty, and waived production of evidence on their behalf. The trial jury retired to their room of deliberation and returned an unanimous guilty verdict against the three defendants. The verdict was ordered recorded without exception. “The only issues depository of the matter is whether or not the trial was regular, fair and transparence?” the judge ruling added.

“The court answered in the affirmative. Ours is adversary system. The burden of proof rests on the part who alleges the existence of a fact.” Gbeisay further said that the facts as established during the trial and the applicable law we have no alternative but to affirm the unanimous verdict of the trier of facts.

“Wherefore, and in view of the foregoing, the three defendants Samuel Davis, Alex Yarkpawolo, Abraham Doe are hereby adjudged guilty of the crime of criminal and armed robbery. Co- defendants Samuel N. Davis being that he is a recidivist, is here adjudged guilty and sentenced to an imprisonment for a period of 10 years effective as of today date, while co-defendants Alex Yarkpawolo and Abraham Doe are adjudged guilty and sentenced to 5 years each effective as of today date.” The judge ruling said.

By Akoi M. Baysah, Jr.

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