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We do not have Powell's gun file – JCF

Published:Tuesday | November 8, 2016 | 10:49 AM

The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) is refuting suggestions it may have the original file for the gun licence issued to businessman Patrick Powell.

Powell was recently acquitted of the murder of 17-year-old school boy, Khajeel Mais.

However, he is facing another charge for failing to hand over his firearm to be tested in relation to the murder of the schoolboy.

Last week the Firearm Licensing Authority (FLA) announced it could not find its file on the gun Powell refused to hand over for testing.

The authority suggested the JCF may still have the original copy for Powell's gun permit.

The JCF was charged with issuing gun licences before the formation of the FLA in 2006.

However, the JCF says it does not have any file on Powell’s gun permit.

In a statement last night, the JCF explained that between 2004 and 2006, it employed a System Analyst and Software Engineer who developed and administered an electronic Firearms Database relating to gun permits.

It says when the FLA was formed ten years ago the System Analyst and Software Engineer brought the electronic database to the FLA where he was hired.

The JCF says it retained no portion of the electronic database.

Last week, it was also revealed that Powell and a police inspector, Patricia Powell-Wallace, both held permits for the same Walther 9mm pistol.

However, the JCF has explained that a data entry error due to the similar names accounted for this discrepancy.

It said the error was first detected in 2011 and Assistant Commissioner Ealan Powell interviewed Powell-Wallace and was satisfied that she was the sole owner of the weapon.