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Judge in 'X-6 murder trial' orders removal of social media content on matter

Published:Wednesday | October 12, 2016 | 11:58 AM

Livern Barrett, Senior Gleaner Writer

A High Court judge today ordered the removal of all materials posted on various social media platforms about the so-called X-6 murder trial.

Justice Lloyd Hibbert has also instructed that no further materials be posted on social media about the case.

He warned that anything done to unfairly influence a tribunal is tantamount to contempt of court.

Hibbert was speaking in the Home Circuit Court where the long-delayed trial of businessman Patrick Powell was scheduled to start.

Powell has been charged with murder arising from the 2011 shooting death of 17-year-old Kingston College (KC) student Kahjeel Mais.

The teen was reportedly travelling in a taxi that collided with a BMW X-6 motor vehicle.

It's alleged that the driver of the BMW got out and fired a shot into the taxi.

This week Mais' relatives took to Facebook and Instagram to complain about the long delay to start the trial and urged members of the public to join them for a peace march to the Home Circuit Court today.

Powell's attorney, Deborah Martin complained in court that relatives of Mais have mounted an extensive social media campaign to give the impression that her client was guilty.

In asking Hibbert to put a stop to it, Martin argued that it could influence persons who may be selected to serve as jurors in the case.