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Bodkin granted $50K bail, Hazel remanded on firearm charges

Bodkin granted $50K bail, Hazel remanded on firearm charges

The duo charged with the recent gun-related offences appeared before the Magistrate Court on Tuesday, October 6, 2020, with one being granted $50,000 signed bail and the other remanded until tomorrow, October 7, 2020.

T'Quan Bodkin, 19, of Huntums Ghut, who was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, was granted signed bail in the amount of $50,000.

Allegations of the matter


The allegations of the matter indicate that Bodkin was spotted on Friday, October 2, 2020, at about 11:45 am by members of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) at the Road Town Jetty.

The officers were in the area conducting mobile control when they noticed that he was on the said dock acting suspiciously and carrying a backpack.

He was approached by the officers who reportedly took the scent of what appeared to be cannabis on his person.

During the search, the police claimed they uncovered a revolver in the defendant's backpack, a ski mask and some articles of clothing.

When questioned, the teen reportedly said that the backpack and its contents did not belonged to him, and he was simply shipping the items to his relative who resides on Virgin Gorda.

He was later arrested and brought to the Road Town Police Station where he was searched for the second time.

This time, blue latex gloves, and cash totalling $750 were found in his pockets.

He was subsequently interviewed and charged with the offence.

Bail


Magistrate Christilyn Benjamin granted the youngster bail in the sum of $50,000 after the Crown did not have any objections.

She informed that he was not considered a flight risk and while the offence was a serious one, the offence was bailable.

Among his bail conditions, he is to submit his travel documents to the police, report to the Road Town Police Station on Tuesdays Thursdays, and Saturdays between 6:00am and 5:00pm.

His matter was adjourned to January 27, 2021 when the trial is slated to begin.

Attorney at law Stephen R. Daniels represented Bodkins during the criminal proceedings.

Remanded


The second gun-related case; however, was pushed to tomorrow, Wednesday, October 7, 2020, for the advancement of the matter.

Kenaz Hazel, 24, of Purcell Estate who claimed he had legal representation, informed that he was unable to contact his lawyer, Patrick D. Thompson.

He is being charged with carrying an unlicensed firearm.

He allegedly had a loaded firearm in a bag on his person in Trellis Bay, Beef Island, on October 3, 2020.

Magistrate Benjamin allowed Hazel the extra day to make contact with his lawyer and remanded Hazel to the Road Town Police Station until tomorrow.

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