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FLA ordered to report on status of gun licence issued to Patrick Powell

Published:Friday | October 28, 2016 | 8:17 AM
Minister of National Security, Robert Montague.

The Firearms Licensing Authority (FLA) has been ordered to investigate and present a report to Minister of National Security Robert Montague on the status of the firearms licence issued to businessman Patrick Powell.

Powell was acquitted in the Home Circuit Court on Monday of murder and shooting with intent arising from the death of 17-year-old Kingston College student Khajeel Mais.

National security minister Robert Montague yesterday confirmed that he has requested a report from the FLA on the status of Powell’s permit.

He told The Gleaner/Power106 News Centre that he has been assured that he will be presented with it by Tuesday.

He says he’ll not comment further on the issue without the report.

Director of audit and complaints at the FLA Michael Dixon testified during the so-called X6 trial that a licence was issued to Powell in October 2003 by the St Andrew South Police and renewed in March 2011.

A police Superintendent also testified that the businessman twice refused to turn the weapon over to police investigators probing the teen’s death.

However, the superintendent acknowledged that Powell directed him to speak to his attorneys and he interpreted that to mean that he was refusing to hand over the weapon.

Powell is scheduled to appear in court next month to answer a charge of failing to produce his weapon for inspection.