The 12th Judicial Circuit Court in Barclayville, Grand Kru County has sentenced to prison two officers of the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization in the county after they were recently found guilty by a trial jury for robbery and aggravated assault. The case was heard during the May Term of court.
BIN officers Jackson Gaye and Benedict Sarr were recently arrested, charged and sent to court by the police for prosecution after they reportedly wounded and robbed a businessman Augustine Paye of 280,000 Liberian Dollars.
According to report, they fled Grand Kru to River Gee County following the theft, which took place on April 14, 2016 in Sweken Forpah Statutory District. Officer Gaye has been sentenced to five years, while Officer Farr gets three years sentence, respectively.
Giving the ruling in court on June 29, which marked the end of the May Term in Barclayville, Judge Zuballah Kizeku said the separate sentences were based on the percentage or level of each of the officer’s participation in the crime as a result of pieces of evidence adduced in court.
Meanwhile, Officer Jackson Gaye has excepted to the ruling and taken an appeal before the Supreme Court of Liberia. The convicts have been subsequently transferred to the Harper Prison in Maryland County to serve their sentences.
Following the theft, which took place on April 14, 2016 in Sweken Forpah Statutory District, Grand Kru County, the officers reportedly fled Grand Kru to River Gee County where they were subsequently arrested by the police after a three-week pursuit, and brought back to Grand Kru to face justice.
The Government of Liberia was represented in court by County Attorney J. Abel Knight and Attorney Adolphus Brown of the Ministry of Justice, while the defendants were represented by Public Defendant Alphonso Bah; John Bropleh reports