One year after, Constable Lennox Hodge remains on suspension with half pay.

Basseterre, St Kitts, September 21, 2019 – One year ago, September 21, 2018, Lennox Hodge, a constable of the Royal St Christopher and Nevis Police Force, was arrested and charged “for Driving Without a Valid and Unexpired Driver’s License and for Driving Without Insurance on September 19, 2018.”
Hodge has appeared in court on several occasions – September 21, 2018, October 4,  2018, November 29, 2018, January 2019 and 14 March 2019. To date the matter is awaiting a ruling from the sitting magistrate.
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.
Hodge was transferred to Nevis after the change of government in February 2015, is attached to the Cotton Ground Police Station on the island of Nevis and assigned to drive police vehicles among his duties.
September 19, 2018, was Hodge’s off-day. He travelled to St.Kitts and used the occasion to drive Dr. Douglas to the Independence Parade to mark St Kitts and Nevis’ 35th Anniversary of Independence at Warner Park.
The tremendous applause received by Dr. Douglas from the crowd as he made his way to the vehicle at the end of the Parade, reportedly incensed the Office of the Prime Minister, the Cabinet Secretariat and the Office of the Attorney General and an investigation was immediately ordered into how Dr. Douglas was allowed to join the official convoy with other dignitaries.
After the ceremonies, Hodge returned to Nevis on Wednesday night (September 19, 2018).
On the morning of Thursday, 20 September 2018, Hodge was instructed to return to St. Kitts in full uniform and attend a meeting at the Traffic Division in Basseterre. He was then taken to the Lee Llewellyn Moore Judicial and Legal Services Complex where he was held for three hours.
At the Magistrate’s Court, Hodge was informed that he was going to be arrested and would need a lawyer for bail, but he was taken to the Basseterre Police Station where around 5 pm he was served with a Warrant for his arrest on the alleged charge of “Driving Without a Valid and Unexpired Driver’s License and for Driving Without Insurance on September 19, 2018.”
His lawyers requested bail, but even station bail, which is normal, was denied and Constable Hodge was held in a prison cell at the Basseterre Police Station in full police uniform from the night of Thursday 20th September 2018 to the morning of Friday 21st September, 2018. Without being afforded a bath and a change of clothes was taken before the Magistrate’s Court where he was granted EC$10,000 bail.
The matter came up for trial on October 4 and again on November 29, 2018 but the police prosecution was not ready to proceed as they were still awaiting legal advice from the Director of Police Prosecution Mr. Valston Graham and the matter was further adjourned to March 14, 2019. However, on Thursday, December 12, 2018, as one of his lawyers, Angelina Gracey Sookoo-Bobb, was leaving a High Court on the second floor, she heard Hodge’s name called for his immediate appearance in the Magistrate’s Court on the ground floor.
Moving quickly into the courtroom, Sookoo-Bobb informed Magistrate His Worship Reynold Benjamin that she had 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 the new date. The Magistrate then indicated the March 14, 2019 stands.
In January 2019, another attempt was made to try the case without informing Hodge and his lawyers on the grounds that an early trial had been requested but this was denied by the defense.
At the March 14, 2019 trial, Police Inspector Carl Caines gave evidence and was cross-examined by attorney Sylvester Anthony, who appeared on Hodge’s behalf. Hodge gave no evidence.

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