After turning himself over to police, Dillion Thomas reportedly claimed he was acting in self-defence when he shot his long-time friend thrice in the chest and twice in the leg.
Those were the allegations outlined on Friday (July 13) when Thomas appeared before Senior Magistrate Tamia Richards for the attempted murder of Rudy Vanterpool. He was also charged with possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life.
It is said, on the day in question, the two met someplace on Virgin Gorda where they had a verbal altercation. The argument escalated and Thomas allegedly pulled his weapon and opened fire on Vanterpool “in broad daylight” and in the presence of others.
The Crown said Thomas voluntarily turned himself in roughly three hours later. However, the firearm in question still has not been found, the court heard.
Authorities suspect Thomas dumped the weapon at sea or discarded in some other way, the court heard.
He was subsequently denied bail.
The Crown had presented a number of reasons why the accused 28-year-old should remain on remand.
They said Thomas should be denied bail to ensure the continued safety of the victim, who is still at the hospital undergoing treatment.
The Crown further said the reported crime was ‘serious’, especially because it was allegedly done in the presence of others.
The other reason hinged on the Thomas’ character. The prosecution said he was no stranger to the court. The accused Virgin Gorda resident is said to have an ongoing matter in relation to possession of eight grams of cannabis, for which was on bail.
Thomas’ attorney Corine George did not make a case for bail on her client’s behalf.
Importantly, Thomas was not made to plead during Friday’s court appearance because the crimes for which he is charged are known as indictable offences. That effectively means the matter may be heard in the High Court before a jury.
He is scheduled to return to court on August 31.
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