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Perspective: Gun File Missing To Acquitted Murderer Patrick Powell in X6 Murder Trial Case

Breaking Jamaican News

Patrick Powell being escorted into a police cruiser.


Patrick PowellAs the web of deception begins to unravel. A release from the Firearm licensing Authority (FLA) indicates that Mr. Patrick Powell’s firearm file is now gone missing. “We are up against a wall of corruption” according to Cliff Hughes, Talk Show host speaking on “What’s On His Mind” on the programme “Cliff Hughes on Line”

Former Chairman of FLA Mr. Armstrong. “We got a request from the Police requesting that Patrick Powell’s firearm licence be revoked. We asked the Police to send us a statement formally requesting that this be done” The request was apparently never complied with. The police could have turned to the manufacturer for the finger prints of that weapon.

CH: How could such a weapon be not turned over in murder investigation?

ACP Strong: It would be strange for two licence was issued for one firearm …

I left the FLA in early 2012.

File became missing April 2015 records show that a request was made for same internally.

The question of the status of the case now before the Court of the refusal of acquitted X6 murderer Patrick Powell for his refusal to turn over his gun,  a criminal case, is now in doubt. The file is missing, the gun has not been turned over for ballistic testing and identification. How can there be a credible case with these components missing?

This appears to be corruption in uniform.

Where do we go from here?

Poetic Commentary

Justice is on trial …
Found wanting in the vial …
Justice should be colour blind
Otherwise this would be most unkind …

As usual, the verdict is yours.

Hopeton O’Connor-Dennie is Senior International Correspondent & Photojournalist for Vision Newspaper Canada.

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