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FLA boss to be subpoenaed in Patrick Powell gun case

Published:Friday | November 18, 2016 | 11:24 AM

Livern Barrett, Senior Gleaner Writer

A judge has ordered that a subpoena be issued for acting chief executive officer of the Firearm Licensing Authority (FLA) Lincoln Allen to attend court in the Patrick Powell gun case.‎

The order was made by Parish Judge Vaugh Smith in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court this morning at a hearing for the businessman who is charged with failing to hand over his firearm to investigators.

Earlier, Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions Yanique Gardener Brown told the court that the trial could not start because a number of things are outstanding including certain statements and documents from the FLA.

She said her office has written to the FLA, but complained that to date there has been no response from the state agency acknowledging receipt of the letter or explaining its failure to provide the statements.

"We are requesting a subpoena for Lincoln Allen, the CEO of the FLA to come to court and produce these documents," Gardener Brown asked.

Gardener-Brown also asked that the case be removed from the trial list and set for mention on January 23 next year.

Powell's attorney Deborah Martin noted that the case was first placed on the trial list in November 2011 but did not object to the prosecutor's request.

"We realise that a mention date is in order for them to get their house in order," Martin said.