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#X6Trial: Powell renewed gun licence four months before shooting, withheld weapon from police testing

Published:Thursday | October 20, 2016 | 1:16 PM

 Livern Barrett, Senior Gleaner Writer

An executive at the Firearms Licensing Authority (FLA) has testified that a firearm licence issued to businessman Patrick Powell for a Glock pistol was renewed in March 2011, around four months before the death of Kingston College student Khajeel Mais.

Michael Dixon, director of audit and complaints at the FLA, testified at Powell's murder trial this morning that the licence was initially issued by the St Andrew South Police in October 2003.

Powell has, however, refused to hand over his firearm to the police for testing and was subsequently charged for his failure.

That matter before the court awaiting trial.

In the meantime, Powell is now on trial for the July 1, 2011 murder of Mais, 17, in Havendale, St Andrew and shooting with intent in relation to the ‎driver of a taxi in which Mais was travelling when he was shot, allegedly by the businessman.

Prosecutors say Powell opened fire on the taxi after it collided with his BMW X6 sports utility vehicle.

Dixon told the court that as director of records and information systems at the FLA in July 2011,  he was asked to prepare a report on Powell's licensed firearm.

He said the license issued to the businessman, permitted him to take the weapon anywhere in Jamaica,  except areas where firearms are prohibited.