DPP weighs in on guilty verdict in Patrick Powell gun trial
Livern Barrett, Senior Gleaner Writer
The nation's top prosecutor Paula Llewellyn says today's guilty verdict in the trial of businessman Patrick Powell is proof that prosecutors have "a fighting chance" of putting up their case when witnesses come forward and give evidence.
"When they don't cooperate, for whatever reasons, the prosecution will be undermined," Llewellyn told The Gleaner.
The comments came after Powell was found guilty by Parish Judge Vaughn Smith of failing to hand over his licensed firearm to the police in breach of the Firearms Act.
He was charged in July 2011 amid a police investigation into the shooting death of 17-year-old Kingston College student Khajeel Mais.
IN PHOTO: Powell
Powell was also charged with killing Mais, but was acquitted after the Director of Public Prosecutions took the decision to offer no evidence against him.
Llewellyn would later explain that the decision was taken after the main eyewitness gave conflicting accounts in court and in his witness statement of the circumstances under which Mais was killed.
Meanwhile, Llewellyn has defended her decision to take over Powell's firearm trial assigning senior prosecutors, Yanique Gardener Brown and Natalie Malcolm.
"I knew it would demand a lot of legal review, given the legal issues surrounding the case," she explained.