Police have growing concerns of increasing violence in the Matrix Nightclub and its parking lots, a special meeting of the Liquor Licensing Board heard Thursday morning.
Sergeant Maggie Baldino addressed the board at the meeting at Customs Headquarters and reported incidents on Sunday 16 January.
She reported an allegation that the Matrix was open after hours for a private party.
An hour earlier there had been a wounding in the club, she said. When police officers returned to the nightclub following the wounding incident they found the doors locked and 25 people inside. It was after 1 in the morning, the sergeant said.
‘We have concerns of increasing violence in the nightclub and its parking lots and we’re working on compiling reports on this. We anticipate more reports coming in,’ she said.
Liquor licensee at the premises, Mr. Ernest Bodden, in response to the report, said he has no vested interest in the Matrix Nightclub and he is in the process of getting the forms together to have the liquor license transferred.
He said he relies on the managers and owners to conduct business in accordance with the law.
He called the manager on hearing of the alleged late night party incident and he mentioned that there had been a scuffle.
‘He was unable to ascertain whether the wounding happened inside or outside the nightclub,’ said Mr. Bodden.
The manager had also said that it was only staff inside the nightclub after hours on the night in question. Mr. Bodden said he had been assured there were no patrons there.
‘I would ask the board to allow him (the manager) to make a formal response to these allegations,’ said Mr. Bodden. The manager was off-island at the time of the meeting.
Chairman of the Board Mitchell Welds questioned Mr. Bodden, ‘You’re saying there was no late night party?’
‘That’s my understanding,’ replied Mr. Bodden.
The matter is ongoing.