The gun belonging to businessman Patrick Powell, who’s before the court for failing to hand over his firearm in 2011 has never been reported missing or stolen.
This was revealed yesterday in the Kingston and St. Andrew Parish court in Half Way Tree.
Crime Records Officer at the Jamaica Constabulary Force, Detective Sergeant Janet Brooks made the revelation during her evidence-in-chief.
Detective Sergeant Brooks says she last checked on the status of Powell’s firearm just after 1 yesterday afternoon.
She says since 2011, she’s consistently made checks to the police gazette and criminal records. But no report was ever made about the gun being missing or stolen.
The request for Powell to hand over the firearm for inspection was made by Superintendent Clive Walker of the JCF’s Legal Unit at the Criminal Investigation Branch.
His request followed the killing of Kingston College student, Khajeel Mais, on July 1, 2011. Superintendent Walker says the firearm was never produced on three occasions in 2011
following requests that it be handed over. The first request was made on July 11, 2011 when Powell was taken in to custody in connection with Mais’s murder.
Superintendent Walker told the court Powell had just arrived in Jamaica to surrender to the police.
He says he asked him three times to hand over his firearm for inspection. He says Powell failed to hand over his Glock pistol when requested on two occasions on July 11.
He says the first was at 1:10 pm on July 11.
Superintendent Walker says Powell was at the Major Investigation Task force, MIT, with his attorney Patrick Atkinson and Head of the Criminal Investigation Branch, Assistant
Commissioner of Police Ealan Powell. He says he then asked Powell to hand over his firearm for inspection.
The Superintendent says he also volunteered to help the accused with retrieving the firearm since he was in the custody of the police.
But he says Powell said nothing. He says he then obtained a notice from the Head of the St Andrew Central police, Superintendent Derrick Knight to have the firearm handed over.
He says the notice was served on Powell in the presence of his attorney when he visited MIT, the second time on July 11, 2011 at 5:00 in the afternoon.
He says again on July 20 he went to the Horizon adult remand centre where Powell was being held. He says on that day he again asked for the firearm to be handed over.
But he says Powell said “I have nothing to say without my QC present”. Superintendent Walker says a gun has never been handed over to him and the gun has still not been found.
The trial is to resume later today.