Dee Dijion Hodge, the Fat Hog’s Bay resident implicated in last weekend’s shooting incident, was denied bail in the Magistrate’ Court on Thursday after the court learnt that he was already on bail for a different gun charge from an unrelated incident where a man was murdered in 2018.
When he appeared before Magistrate Christilyn Benjamin for this year’s shooting, the court heard that Hodge was injured with the same firearm he is accused of carrying.
Only the charges of possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life, unlawful possession of explosives, and resisting arrest were proffered against him. Hodge had also been charged with carrying a firearm without a license and assault on police but those charges were dropped. He was not made to plead during his court appearance this week.
The court heard that the incident occurred around 11 pm outside Bouncer’s Bar in Paraquita Bay, Tortola on Friday, January 3, 2020.
On the night in question, a police officer was at the F&S Nightclub, dressed in civilian clothing. After some time, the officer left the club and went to his private vehicle parked outside to make a phone call.
Shortly after, a vehicle carrying Hodge as a passenger arrived at the location. Two men — one with dreadlocks and the other without — then exited the club and went to the vehicle where Hodge was sitting.
During their conversation, Hodge started speaking loudly and exited the vehicle. He reportedly poked the dreadlocks-wearing man on the chest.
It is alleged that Hodge then went to his vehicle and returned with ‘a black object’. He then allegedly proceeded to push the other man while pointing the object and continuing to speak loudly, which caused patrons to gather around to see the commotion.
The officer who was still seated inside his vehicle observed the incident as it unfolded then called his colleagues for backup.
The court further heard that a scuffle ensued between Hodge and the man wearing dreadlocks. The man with the dreads reportedly grabbed the hand in which Hodge was carrying the object and the sound of a gunshot was heard.
Both men continued to wrestle into the road near to the officer’s parked vehicle, and it was that time that the officer intervened.
The court heard that the cop, who was armed with his service pistol, shouted ‘armed police!’, causing the struggle to end. The object which was then identified as a Smith & Wesson .40 calibre handgun fell to the ground.
The accused fled to the verandah of one of the nightclubs and the man with the dreadlocks entered his vehicle and left the scene.
The man shot me!
The court heard that when Hodge was told that he would be arrested for the incident, he replied, “Officer the man shot me”.
He then showed the officer a fresh bleeding gunshot wound to his abdomen, the court heard. The accused then headed to the vehicle that he arrived in and headed to the direction of Road Town.
Police arrived shortly after and began their investigations.
The gun and one spent shell casing were found at the scene, and surveillance footage was retrieved from the area.
Further investigation revealed that the accused sought medical attention at the Dr D Orlando Smith hospital for the wound.
He was later arrested and charged for the offences before the court. During the police interview, he chose to remain silent, the court heard.
In court, the Crown objected to bail, and his attorney Reynela Rawlins made no bail application to the court.
Magistrate Benjamin said after hearing the very serious allegations in the matter, and him being on bail for a similar matter, he would be remanded to Her Majesty’s Prison.
The 2018 murder incident
Hodge was a murder suspect in the fatal shooting of his business partner Tyrone Thomas in 2018.
Hodge was said to be a passenger in the vehicle along with Thomas and his girlfriend, who sustained serious injuries.
While he was not charged with murder, he was charged with possession of a controlled drug with intent to supply to another, possession of an unlicensed firearm and unlawful possession of explosives.
He was denied bail at the Magistrate’s Court, but it was later granted bail $100,000 bail at the High Court.
His matter was then adjourned to March 5.
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