Charges in BT shooting

Five charges have been brought against a man who appeared in Summary Court Monday in connection with the 29 March shooting incident in Bodden Town.

Matio Romario Dinall, 21, is accused of possessing unlicensed firearms: an automatic rifle, a semi-automatic pistol, plus .223 and 9mm ammunition.

He is further charged with possessing the firearms with intent to commit an offence and damage to property. The property, located on Carrington Lane in Pease Bay, is the home of Carlos Russell.

Magistrate Nova Hall refused an application for bail. Her reasons included the seriousness of the charges and the fact that the firearms have not yet been recovered.

Crown Counsel Marlene Smith set out the objections to bail. She said the allegation was that two persons went to the residence around 11pm on 29 March and proceeded to shoot at the house.

The front door and windows were damaged and the whole front of the house was pelted with gunfire.

Dinall was said to have been recognised as one of the persons shooting at the home. A witness indicated that both a rifle and a pistol were used. Preliminary evidence included 13 shell casings recovered from the area.

Ms Smith expressed concern because of the number of offences committed recently involving firearms. She reported that, in this particular matter, the firearms had not been recovered, but investigations were continuing.

She thought that, if further charges were going to be brought, they would be by next week.

In his bail application, Defence Attorney David McGrath reviewed the fundamental principles of the right to bail. He also pointed out that police had granted Dinall bail after arresting and interviewing him. They had the same allegations and information the court had now.

The matter was scheduled to be mentioned again on Monday, 25 April.

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