Man, 31 Sentence For 20-years in Jail

The 10th Judicial Circuit Court in Voijama, Lofa County has sentenced a 31-year-one old man known as Wolubah Lape to 20 years imprisonment for murdering and armed robbing a 28-year old motorcyclist identified as Barkolleh Tokpah along the Suclumu-Zorzor highway.

Convict Wolubah Lape was indicted by the grand jury of the court on August 29 of last year for murdering and armed robbing the motorcyclist.
Convict Lape was arrested in the Soul Clinic, Paynesville community on August 13, 2018 in Monrovia after committing the crime in Lofa County and then escaped with the deceased (Tokpah’s) motorbike.

The 10th Jucidial Circuit Court in Lofa County said in such a case, after the incident, the defendant escaped from the crime scene with the deceased motorbike and fled to Monrovia, where he was arrested by family members of the deceased in the Soul Clinic Paynesville community while still in possession victim’s motorbike at the time.

Prior to reading his indictment, defendant Lape pleaded guilty, but jurors at the court brought down a unanimous guilty verdict against the defendant for the crime of murder which is a first degree felony in keeping with section 14.1, P.794 of the penal law as well as armed robbery in keeping with section 15.32 of the new armed robbery law.

Meanwhile, the court said under the circumstances, the defendant was hereby sentenced to twenty (20) years for the crimes; however, since the defendant was incarcerated on August 27, 2018, and has already spent ten months in detention, these ten months are deducted from said sentence in consistent with section 34.2 of 2LCRL, P.413.

The presiding Judge, Nancy Sammy added that he shall serve nineteen years two months in prison for those crimes he committed and shall run in confirmative with the law.

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