Twenty-six-year-old Brandon Baptiste of Indian Walk was denied bail and remanded into custody when he appeared before the Princes Town Magistrates’ Court yesterday charged with several gun-related offences. The following is a press release from the TTPS:

A 26-year-old man from Indian Walk was denied bail and remanded into custody when he appeared in the Princes Town Magistrates’ Court yesterday on five firearm-related charges.

Brandon Baptiste, of Loney Road, appeared before Magistrate Indira Misir-Gosine charged with the following offences: 1. Wounding with Intent to do Grievous Bodily Harm. 2. Possession of Firearm. 3. Possession of Ammunition. 4. Possession of Firearm to Endanger Life. 5. Possession of Ammunition to Endanger Life.

The charges stemmed from an incident which occurred on Thursday 29th July, 2021, in which the victim reported to officers that he was standing along Loney Road, Indian Walk, when he was approached by a man and an argument started. The man then left and a short while later, returned armed with a firearm which he pointed at the victim, who became fearful for his life. A struggle ensued, during which the victim heard a loud explosion and felt a burning sensation to his right lower leg.

The man then escaped on foot. The victim sought medical attention at the Princes Town District Health Facility where he was treated for a gunshot wound to his right lower leg along with multiple lacerations. The victim gave a description of the assailant to officers, and PC Dennis of the Princes Town Criminal Investigations Department (CID) conducted inquiries which led to the arrest and charge of the suspect. He will reappear before the court on August 30th, 2021