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Police re-open probe into gun licence shocker in Patrick Powell case

Published:Wednesday | November 2, 2016 | 11:14 PM
ACP Powell ... We have to be looking at everything.

Damion Mitchell, Editor - Radio & Online 

Police investigators have reopened their probe into the discovery that in 2004, businessman Patrick Powell and a female police inspector were both issued a license for the same firearm – a Walther 9 milli metre pistol.

The development comes a week after Powell was freed of the murder of Kingston College schoolboy Khajeel Mais.

The head of the crime portfolio, Assistant Commissioner Ealan Powell says already investigators have started reviewing firearm records to determine the true owner of the pistol serial #FAB2400 registered in 2004.

At that time, the Jamaica Constabulary Force was responsible for issuing firearm licenses and so ACP Powell says investigators are combing through all relevant records including those held by private firearms dealers as well as the police:

 

Assistant Commissioner of Police Ealan Powell

In 2011, the police had launched a probe after it emerged that police inspector Patricia Primrose Powell-Wallace and Patrick Powell had been issued a licence for the same weapon.

This afternoon, ACP Powell said he was satisfied at the time that there was no relation between Patrick Powell and Inspector Powell and that she was the true owner.

But he said the police will still be reopening the probe:

 

Assistant Commissioner of Police Ealan Powell

ACP Powell says the police investigation means they may have to reengage Patrick Powell for questioning.

 

Assistant Commissioner of Police Ealan Powell