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Jamaican seeks retribution

Published:Thursday | May 1, 2008 | 8:28 AM

US federal prosecutors in Florida have charged that a Jamaican man arrested this month while trying to board an Air Jamaica flight planned to seek retribution against two men charged with killing his mother.

The Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) alleged that 32 year old Kevin Brown was taking materials to Jamaica, to make pipe bombs in revenge against the men believed to have killed his mother, Sandra McLeod in 2005.

In a document filed in federal court, prosecutors said Brown’s history of violent and suicidal tendencies as well as his ties to the Orlando area, made him too great a flight risk to be released from jail.

Brown was arrested on April 1 at Orlando International Airport and is currently being held at the Seminole County Jail.

He has asked to be released on bail until his trial, a request that US Magistrate Karla Spaulding is scheduled to consider on May 7.

Prosecutors charged that Brown, a US Army veteran, was fired in December from his job as an equipment-parts receiver for a defence contractor in Iraq, because he made offensive sexual comments to a female co-worker.

It is reported that he grabbed an axe, threw items in a destructive manner and kicked a door in front of her.

Prosecutors also said he was admitted to a Veterans Affairs hospital after trying to kill himself.

The court was told that Brown\'s behavior at Orlando International Airport caught the attention of Transportation Security Administration officers trained in spotting suspicious body language, facial expressions and behavior.

The FBI said when he was detained his backpack was searched and two galvanised pipes, end caps, two small containers of BB pellets, batteries, two containers of liquids, a laptop computer and bomb-making literature were found.