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Former FLA chairman shocked at findings of missing gun licence file

Published:Wednesday | November 2, 2016 | 11:21 PM

A former chairman of the board of the Firearm Licensing Authority (FLA), Robert Gregory, is expressing disbelief that a file from the agency could go missing as he says only a handful of people have the authority to access them.

His statement follows the disclosure by the FLA that the file of businessman Patrick Powell has gone missing.

The development came a week after Patrick Powell was freed of the 2011 murder of 17-year-old Kingston College schoolboy Khajeel Mais.

READ: FLA audit reveals troubling findings around issuance of gun licence to Patrick Powell

The FLA says the last established evidence of the movement of the file was on April 14, 2015 when an officer in the office of the CEO made a request from the FLA Registry.

Gregory, who chaired the FLA board from 2012 to earlier this year, says he is puzzled as files are under tight security.

 

Four years earlier on August 31, 2011, then FLA chairman Errol Strong had also requested information and documentation on the Patrick Powell case.

However, the FLA says there is no evidence in Board minutes to show that the requested information was provided to the Board.

However, Gregory says during his tenure the file was active and was used by police investigators handling Powell’s case.

 

Former chairman of the board of the Firearm Licensing Authority, Robert Gregory

Meanwhile, in a chronology of activities dating back to 1990 when Powell first received a gun licence, the FLA revealed another troubling finding.

It found that just days apart in April 2004, police inspector Patricia Primrose Powell-Wallace and Patrick Powell were issued licences for the same gun.

In 2004 gun licences were being issued through the Jamaica Constabulary Force as the FLA was not yet set up.

The FLA says if the reports are proven true, the issuance of two licences for the same firearm would be a breach of the Firearms Act.

In 2011 Assistant Commissioner Ealan Powell investigated the matter and found that there was no relation between Patrick Powell and Patricia Powell.