The Presiding Judge of the Criminal Court “D” at the Temple of Justice, Judge Nelson Togba, has sentenced three men to two years in jail at the Monrovia Central Prison for armed robbery.
Joseph Okoro, Israel Izuagie and Hilary Bernard were on November 8, 2013 arrested while trying to rob the Liberia Bank for Development and Investment (LBDI) branch in the JJY Community in Gardnersville.
According to court documents, the three entered the bank premises with guns and cutlasses, held hostage employees of the bank who were getting ready to shut down for the day and ordered them to open the vault of the bank. It was during this process that they were arrested by the police.
According to the Liberia News Agency (LINA), the three accused denied the allegation, saying they were innocent of the crime.
In his final judgment Tuesday, Judge Togba adjudged the three men guilty of the crime of armed robbery in violation of Section 15.32 of the New Penal Law of Liberia.
He ordered that the three should serve their prison terms in a common jail within the territorial limits of the Republic of Liberia.
Judge Togba said the two-year imprisonment of the convicts commenced at the time of their arrest and subsequent detention at the Monrovia Central Prison. This means that the time they have already spent in prison will be subtracted from the two years pronounced by the Judge.
He ordered the clerk of the court to prepare a commitment in keeping with the judgment of the court to commit convicts Okoro, Izuagie, and Bernard at the Monrovia Central Prison to serve their respective sentences.