In a dramatic development in the other criminal case against Patrick Powell, for Failure to hand over his firearm … now before the Court, the Director Of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has used her Constitutional Authority to take over the case.
“The law gives me that authority” a strident Paula Llewellyn, DPP declared with a defiant tone.
Normally, a case of this nature is prosecuted by a Clerk of the Courts. “My office does not have any oversight over the Clerks” she explained.
By inserting herself in the case, she will be able to put more mental and legal resources to try to secure a conviction. She is obviously taking no chances in light of reports that Patrick Powell, the acquitted X6 alleged murder’s gun file is reportedly missing from the Firearm Licencing Authority (FLA).
The DPP further said “I will assign a Senior Prosecutor from my office to the case.”
The missing firearm case to which Powell is criminally charged, is due for hearing on November 18, 2016.
In another twist about the accused Powell, it has been revealed that three firearms were issued to Powell over a fifteen plus year period. Will other criminal charges be laid?
Interesting times are ahead.
Stay tuned to Vision for the latest on this unfolding drama of corruption, deceit and incompetence.
Hopeton O’Connor-Dennie is Senior International Correspondent & Photojournalist for Vision Newspaper Canada.