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Why the FLA did not revoke Patrick Powell's firearm licence

Published:Wednesday | November 2, 2016 | 5:15 PM
Businessman Patrick Powell leaving the Home Circuit Court last week after he was freed of the murder of schoolboy Khajeel Mais.

Former chairman of the Firearm Licensing Authority (FLA) Errol Strong has sought to explain why the agency did not revoke the firearm licence of businessman Patrick Powell on the request of the police in 2011.

According to Strong, the police did not complete the required procedure.

In an interview on Nationwide Radio today, the former FLA chairman, acknowledged that the authority received a letter from the police requesting that it revoke Powell’s licence.

Strong said the FLA indicated to the police that it needed a witness statement outlining the grounds on which the firearm should be revoked.

According to him, the FLA was prepared to make a decision but it did not get the police statement and so it could not move forward.


Former chairman of the FLA, Errol Strong

Pointing out that Patrick Powell was before the court for failing to submit his firearm for inspection, Strong said the FLA did not take the matter any further, pending the outcome of the case.

However, Assistant Commissioner of Police, Ealan Powell, says as far as he knows, the police gave the FLA all the relevant information to support their request for the revocation of Powell’s firearm licence.

In an interview with The Gleaner/Power 106 News this afternoon ACP Powell said a comprehensive report was submitted to the FLA.


ACP Ealan Powell