Patrick Powell guilty of firearm offence

July 12, 2017
Businessman Patrick Powell making his way to court yesterday.

Businessman Patrick Powell was yesterday found guilty of failing to hand over his licensed firearm and ammunition to the police for inspection.

The verdict was handed down by Parish Judge Vaughn Smith in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court.

He will be sentenced on August 9. Powell faces up to $300,000 in fines or up to 12 months in prison.

Smith said should he now surrender his weapon to the police, it will be a mitigating factor at sentencing.


Request was ignored


Powell was charged in 2011 amid a police investigation into the shooting death of 17-year-old Kingston College student Khajeel Mais.

Powell was a suspect in the shooting and police investigators wanted his Glock pistol to do ballistic tests.

Superintendent Clive Walker testified during the trial that he asked Powell three times to produce the weapon, but said each time his request was ignored.

Martin, however, argued that by not responding, her client was invoking his right to remain silent.

But prosecutors countered saying that right can only be invoked after an accused person is formally arrested and charged.

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