Patrick Powell gun case set for November 18
Patrick Powell, the man who was on Monday found not guilty of murdering Khajeel Mais,will be back in court next month to answer to a charge of failing to hand over his firearm.
The gun, which the police said was used to shoot Mais, was never handed over to the police despite request by the lawmen for Powell to do so.
The case will come up for trial on November 18, and THE STAR understands that the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) could take over the matter.
Meanwhile, the Police High Command yesterday revealed that it worked overtime trying to find out whether the bullet which ended up in 17-year-old Kingston College student Khajeel Mais's body came from Powell's gun.
The Police High Command said that cops executed a search warrant on July 10, 2011 at Powell's house in Havendale. However, Powell was not at home and the firearm was not found.
In addition to searching the house of a deputy superintendent of police who it was alleged assisted Powell to hide the weapon, the High Command said it also served a notice on Powell to hand over his firearm. He indicated that on the instructions of his lawyer, he would not hand it over.
"This hindered investigators from securing critical forensic evidence and conducting the necessary analysis and comparison of material found at the crime scene and bullet fragments retrieved from the body of the Khajeel," the police said.
The Police High Command said it has asked the Firearm Licensing Authority (FLA) to revoke Powell's firearm licence.
Mais was shot and killed on July 1, after a taxi he was travelling was shot up. The lawmen alleged that the shooting was done by Powell after the taxi bumped into his BMW X6. However, in court, the driver of the taxi said he did not see who fired into his vehicle. His evidence contradicted a statement he had provided to the police.