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No faith in justice system

Published:Wednesday | October 26, 2016 | 12:00 AM


As we come to terms with the verdict of the recent X6 murder trial, how the case has meandered over the years is somewhat distasteful.

If lead prosecutor Jeremy Taylor was seriously interested in prosecuting Patrick Powell, this case would not have been over. Understanding the court system, it's evidence brought that really matters. Here are a few questions left unanswered.

Where is the gun?

What is the basis on which Mais had gunpowder residue on his hand?

Does the taxi driver have a personal relationship with Mr Powell?

It will take constitutional change to bring integrity and trustworthiness to the judicial system. Khajeel Mais has been laid to rest since July 16, 2011. His accused killer now walks free on October 24, 2016. Legally speaking, Mr Powell is an innocent man. While emotional reactions are pouring out on social media, this may be another eye-opener.

I hope the minister of justice and the always discombobulated director of public prosecutions can use this to ignite a national agenda in which constitutional change can be made before further such disasters. This could have been anybody's child.

It is time for our Government to safeguard the interests of the people regarding our human rights. Is it a right to brutally murdered? I really look forward to a day when we can trust the justice system.


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