A St Thomas man residing in North Road, Virgin Gorda has been denied bail following an incident in which he allegedly tried to shoot a man but his gun did not fire.
Twenty-seven-year-old Brandon Riley is now charged with unlawful use of a firearm, possession of an offensive weapon, using threatening language, using insulting language, and three counts of common assault.
He was not made to plead to the charges during his arrest appearance in the Magistrate’s Court on Monday.
The court heard that Riley racked up those charges over a series of run-ins with the complainant.
The first of those alleged incidents happened on July 6 in the Valley, Virgin Gorda where the accused man reportedly saw the complainant at a bar and pulled the chair that the man was sitting on from underneath him.
The court heard that several days later on July 28, Riley allegedly kneed the complainant in the leg twice while they were in a barber shop.
It is alleged that another incident happened on August 6 at the White House Bar and Club in the Valley when Riley accosted the complainant and said: “You want to go to the police but I’m going to shoot you tonight.”
It is alleged that Riley then pulled what the complainant claimed to be a ‘real gun’ and allegedly pointed the weapon at him.
It is further alleged that Riley cranked the gun twice and pulled the trigger. But, according to the complainant’s report which was detailed by prosecutors, the weapon ‘jammed’.
The matter was subsequently reported to police and Riley was arrested and charged on August 31. The gun in question has not been found to date, the court heard.
Riley’s attorney Leroy Jones told the court that before his client was arrested, he had departed the territory. Jones said Riley, however, returned and turned himself over to police after learning he was wanted for questioning.
In a bid to win bail for his client, Jones also told the court that Riley has no previous convictions.
But, Magistrate Giselle Jackman-Lumy said the seriousness of the alleged offences and the possibility that Riley may abscond because he is a US citizen are factors that make him a candidate that is not ideal for bail.
She said denying bail also assures that ‘no harm’ will come to the complainant in the matter.
Riley is now on remand at Her Majesty’s Prison in Balsam Ghut and is scheduled to return to court on October 3.
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