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No justice for Mais' family, Patrick Powell

Published:Friday | October 28, 2016 | 10:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

It's widely accepted that as a country, we have little interest in seeing justice prevail, but the numerous expressions of outrage at the result in the so called X6 case says otherwise.

Accused businessman Patrick Powell walked free on Monday after the key witness in the case changed his story.

Powell was accused of shooting and killing 17-year-old Khajeel Mais on July 1, 2011, in what appeared to be a case of road rage after the taxi Mais was riding in accidentally bumped into a BMW X6.

Powell may have escaped a sentence in the court, but his character is taking a battering in the court of public opinion.

Monday's result has sparked discussion among Jamaicans from all walks of life, many of whom are angry that no one was held accountable for the murder of the teen.

The case has left more questions than answers, many of which will never be answered.

But the case has also called on us as a nation to examine and improve the systems that we have in place to pursue justice.

The discourse of regret and hurt permeating social media and other spheres is an indication that many are willing to answer that call.

And Jamaicans do hold justice in high regard.

STEVIAN SIMMONDS

stevian.simmonds27@gmail.com