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Missing gun: Bail denied


Wilmore Goodgie, 34, a labourer of Questelles, was remanded in custody on Tuesday at the Kingstown Magistrate’s Court after he was charged with unlawfully and maliciously wounding 18-year-old Glendon Pompey, also of Questelles.{{more}}

Goodgie is alleged to have shot Pompey in his right leg on May 6 around 8:50am at Questelles.

Prosecutor Station Sergeant Nigel Butcher objected to the defendant’s bail on the grounds that the gun allegedly used in the matter had not been recovered.

Goodgie’s lawyer, Arthur Williams, said that his client should be given bail, even though it was an indictable offence. He also made the point that Pompey did not want to go any further in the matter. Magistrate Browne, however, remained firm in his decision not to grant him bail and transferred the matter to the Serious Offences Court for hearing yesterday. “If you want, you can apply for bail upstairs, I am not changing my mind,” he said.

Pompey was even called into the courtroom and asked if what Williams said was true. The lad said that he was scared, and he made a mistake by telling the police that Goodgie shot him.

Station Sergeant Butcher quickly intervened and said that in recent times young men from the Questelles area are making a mockery of the court by making complaints to the police then coming to court and offering no evidence in their matters, wasting the court’s time. “When there are gun related crimes, we have to take it very seriously,” said the animated Butcher. (KW)