Two brothers who were charged in relation to a shooting incident in Purcell Estate back in February were each granted $70,000 bail in the Magistrate’s Court yesterday, December 28.
Seantroy Hanley is accused of inciting his brother, Selroy Hanley, to shoot two men who are also brothers.
Selroy is charged with possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life.
They were not made to plead to their respective charges when they appeared before Magistrate Ayanna Baptiste-DaBreo.
They were however ordered to report to the Road Town Police Station on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
The two accused were also told to surrender their travel documents.
Although telling the court that the accused men have ‘strong ties’ to Nevis, the prosecution noted that it did not object to bail because the incident is nearly a year old, and the accused men have not tried to abscond or interfere with the complainants since the incident.
In the meantime, reports are that the shooting stemmed from an altercation over a chair.
It is alleged that, on February 10 this year, the accused Hanley brothers and the complainants (brothers Eversley and Caleb Barker) were among persons at the basketball court in Purcell Estate.
Eversley was searching for his garden chair that had gone missing from his home.
He reportedly met Seantroy sitting on the chair at the basketball court, and instructed him to get up.
Seantroy reportedly told him to wait because he was watching a movie that was almost finished.
It is alleged that a physical altercation ensued.
The court heard that the altercation was quelled, but Eversley attempted to throw a rock and a bottle at Seantroy.
The court was told that the second accused man, Selroy, came to his brother’s assistance with a gun.
Seantroy allegedly yelled to Selroy: “Shoot! Shoot!”
Selroy reportedly fired a shot in the direction of Eversley.
It is reported that Eversley’e brother, Caleb, approached and asked what was going on.
He too came under gunfire, the court heard.
The two complainants left the area and, upon arriving home, realized that they had been injured.
One had a left shoulder injury, while the other had a left elbow injury.
The court further heard that Seantroy turned himself in to police days later, and Selroy was brought into custody some time afterwards.
Selroy – the alleged shooter – reportedly told police that he heard two gunshots on the day in question, but did not know where they were coming from.
Seantroy, in the meantime, denied inciting Selroy to use the gun.
They will return to court on February 24.
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