Eleven Security Guards of Loyal Protection Guard Service (LPGS) formally charged with theft of property are currently facing trial at the Buchanan City Court in Grand Bassa County.
The eleven defendants are Sylvester M. Massaquoi, Mayson Scott, Jallah Luckay, Surajul N. Ndebay, Kelvin Redd and Rudolf S. David.
Others are Richard Gonkerwon F. Dahn Scott, J. Emmanuel Balowoh, Victoria Paye and Arthur Konah.
According to records of the court, the private prosecutor, upon oath, explained that on August 16, 2014, the defendants with criminal intent connived and entered premises of Afcons in Buchanan city and stole a number of assorted copper wires valued US$12,000.00.
“The defendants converted the money into their personal use and benefit as well as unauthorized control with the sole purpose of depriving the private prosecutor of the legitimate use and benefit of the properties,” court record provides.
The court, presided over by magistrate Vasco Brown, considers the alleged act by the defendants as being criminal and contravenes section 15.21 of the New Panel Law of Liberia.
During the trial proceeding at the court on August 21, 2014, the private prosecutor, Edward Y. Karzon was represented by the state prosecutors. They include Buchanan City solicitor Isaac Yorcee, Assistant City Solicitor Johnson G. Tukeh, in association with Cllr Thomas Loffen and Winston Smith.
Magistrate Brown then acquainted the defendants with their constitutional rights to hire lawyers of their choice and file bond, call for separate trial among others.
In response to this, one of the defendants, Sylvester Massaquoi took advantage of severance trial and lawyer and the state interposed no objection because it is the defendant’s rights.
The state requested the court to read the writ of arrest to the defendants to enable them ascertain their plea of “guilty or not guilty”.
The defendants pleaded not guilty, thus joining issues with the state to prove her allegations leveled against them.
Upon request by the state, the defendants filed a valid Criminal Appearance bond pending the trial.