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Patrick Powell file still missing, says FLA official

Published:Wednesday | May 31, 2017 | 12:00 AM

A senior executive at the Firearm Licensing Authority (FLA) revealed yesterday that the agency still has not been able to locate the original file with data related to the gun permit issued to businessman Patrick Powell.

Michael Dixon, director of audits and complaints at the FLA, said that this is despite "exhaustive checks" by employees and heads of department at the agency's Kingston, Mandeville, and Montego Bay offices.

Dixon revealed, too, that the board of directors of the FLA has since revoked the firearm licence issued to Powell.

He was giving evidence in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court at the start of Powell's long-delayed trial for an alleged breach of the Firearms Act.

Dixon said that he first became aware of the missing file last October when he was informed by the agency's board of directors that "the original file cannot be located within the agency".

Powell is charged with failing to turn over his licensed firearm and ammunition for inspection in breach of Section 39 of the Firearms Act.

He was charged amid an investigation into the 2011 shooting death of Kingston College student Khajeel Mais.