An attempt by the police to prosecute constable Lennox Hodge in his absence in the Magistrate’s Court on Thursday, was thwarted when one of his lawyers, who was attending a High Court case heard his name call.
During his last appearance on November 29, 2018, Constable Hodge, who served as a security officer for former Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas, had his traffic case adjourned for the second time to March 14, 2019.
Yesterday, Thursday (December 12, 2018), as one of his lawyers, Angelina Gracey Sookoo Bobb was leaving a High Court matter, when she heard Hodge’s name called for his immediate appearance in the Magistrate’s Court.
Moving quickly into the court room, Sookoo-Bobb informed Magistrate His Worship Reynold Benjamin that she has received no communication from the Police Prosecutors informing her that the March 14, 2019 trial date was brought forward. Hodge was also not informed of a new date.
The Magistrate has indicated that the March 14, 2019 stands.
At the November 29, 2018 appearance, Sgt. McGuire told Magistrate Benjamin that the police was not ready to proceed as they were still seeking legal advice from the Director of Public Prosecution, Mr. Valston Graham.
Hodge was arrested on September 20 “for Driving Without a Valid and Unexpired Driver’s License and for Driving Without Insurance on September 19, 2018.”
He was granted bail during a court hearing on September 21 and ordered to return to court on October 11, but the case was brought forward to October 4.
The arrest of Hodge has aroused much public interest because he is a former security officer and a personal friend of former St. Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister and now Leader of the Opposition, the Right Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas.