Threats, firearm offences alleged
A dispute between landlord and tenant about $73 led to charges against Logan Lindberg Bodden, 40, with Chief Magistrate Nova Hall refusing bail after hearing the Crown’s objections.
Bodden appeared in Summary Court on Monday and again on Wednesday when attorney John Furniss made the bail application. Mr. Furniss said his client accepted that words had been exchanged, but denied owing $73 to the complainant, who was his landlord.
Crown Counsel Tricia Hutchinson told the court that the charges arose from an incident in George Town on 29 November. The allegations were that Bodden had threatened to kill the landlord and his son, who is a juvenile. She said a firearm was used to menace the boy while the threat was uttered.
The magistrate asked if the firearm had been recovered. Ms hutchinson said yes, explaining that the boy had told police in what direction Bodden had run after the incident. Officers searched the area and found a flare gun loaded with a 12-gauge shotgun cartridge.
Mr. Furniss pointed out that there was no forensic evidence to link Bodden to the firearm – no fingerprints or DNA. He suggested that the flare gun could be something that had belonged to the landlord’s family and they were trying to blame Bodden.
He also told the court that the boy had thrown rocks and a glass bottle at Bodden.
The defendant elected to have all matters tried in Summary Court. He pleaded not guilty to two charges of threats to kill, possession of an unlicensed firearm, carrying an offensive weapon (a knife) and common assault against the landlord.
The magistrate accepted the Crown’s concern about the seriousness of the charges, Bodden’s record of previous convictions and the risk of further offending. She remanded him in custody and set the next court date for 15 January.
Mr. Furniss pointed out that there was no forensic evidence to link Bodden to the firearm – no fingerprints or DNA.