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'See you in court' - Police inspector to sue FLA

Published:Tuesday | November 29, 2016 | 11:00 AM

Lawyers for police Inspector Patricia Powell have signalled that they will proceed with legal action against the Firearm Licensing Authority (FLA) over claims that she and businessman Patrick Powell were issued licences for the same gun just days apart in 2004.

The FLA, in a statement released through the Ministry of National Security earlier this month, said an audit of its system revealed that the police inspector and the businessman were both issued licences for the same Glock pistol.

A week later, attorney-at-law Linton Gordon, who is representing Inspector Powell, fired back, saying the agency conducted an investigation that cleared her of any wrongdoing and apologised to her.

Gordon blasted the FLA for issuing the statement, calling it reckless and irresponsible, and demanded a full apology.

He also wrote to the FLA giving the agency 14 days to convene a meeting to negotiate "a package of compensation for the loss and damage Inspector Powell suffered".

However, the attorney told The Gleaner that the FLA has failed to respond to its request and, as a result, his client will take her case to the Supreme Court.

He said Powell plans to seek compensation for defamation and breach of her constitutional rights.

Gordon, in his letter to the FLA chairman, pointed out that from as far back as 2011, the agency became aware that its officers improperly issued a firearm licence to Patrick Powell.

He said the FLA apologised to Inspector Powell and promised that it would immediately revoke the said "bandooloo" licence.