A property defacement charge against Edgartown shellfish constable Paul Bagnall was dismissed Tuesday in Edgartown District Court. The prosecution recommended dismissal of the charge contingent on $1,500 restitution. The defense agreed to the terms, and Judge Benjamin Barnes accepted the arrangement. The dismissal came just as a bench trial on the charge was about to start.
During the autumn of 2020, Bagnall was charged by Edgartown Police for trespassing and malicious destruction of property after he allegedly tore up a neighbor’s lawn on purpose with a town pickup truck. Bagnall, or at least his town-issued truck, was allegedly caught on camera.
Probable cause for a refined charge of property defacement was subsequently found at a clerk-magistrate’s hearing. Bagnall was arraigned before District Court Judge Paul Pino on Dec. 31, 2020, and pleaded not guilty, A bench trial was eventually set for June 15.
Bagnall made no comment in court, and could not immediately be reached for comment. Asked what the municipal ramifications were for Bagnall, Edgartown town administrator James Hagerty said Tuesday afternoon, “I’m not going to comment on ongoing personnel matters.”