Mais’ mother ques­tioned about his char­ac­ter

Jamaica Gleaner - - FRONT PAGE - Livern Bar­rett Se­nior Gleaner Writer livern.bar­rett@glean­erjm.com

THE CHAR­AC­TER of slain Kingston Col­lege (KC) stu­dent Kha­jeel Mais was placed un­der the mi­cro­scope yes­ter­day as the long-de­layed trial of his al­leged killer, busi­ness­man Pa­trick Pow­ell, be­gan with an emo­tional tes­ti­mony from the teen’s mother.

Al­lana Mais strug­gled to main­tain her com­po­sure af­ter she en­tered the wit­ness box in the Home Cir­cuit Court in down­town Kingston and be­gan re­count­ing how she learnt of her son’s death on the evening of July 1, 2011 in Haven­dale, St An­drew.

Be­fore that, lead pros­e­cu­tor Jeremy Tay­lor, in his open­ing ad­dress to the seven-mem­ber jury, out­lined the case against Pow­ell, sug­gest­ing that the teen’s death was as a re­sult of “an ex­ag­ger­ated form of road rage”. Tay­lor charged that the taxi in which the teen was trav­el­ling hit a BMW X6 and the driver of the lux­ury ve­hi­cle came out and fired sev­eral shots into the taxi.

“They were new, they were the rave then ... the it in lux­ury ve­hi­cle,” Tay­lor said in ref­er­ence to the BMW X6.

“Some­one was an­gry be­cause of what hap­pened on the road, what hap­pened to their ve­hi­cle. The al­le­ga­tion is that Mr Pow­ell was this per­son who was an­gry and took that anger to the ex­treme,” he con­tin­ued.

Al­lana Mais tes­ti­fied that min­utes af­ter she dropped off her son at a taxi stand near Man­nings Hill Road and Bor­der Av­enue, she got a call from a fam­ily friend.

“He said, ‘Mi jus’ put yuh son in a one taxi an’ mi si it shot [speed] gone back up the road an’ dem seh dem shoot up di car’,” Al­lana Mais re­counted of the tele­phone con­ver­sa­tion with the fam­ily friend.

LAST BREATH

Amid the tears, she tes­ti­fied that she and her daugh­ter drove to the Con­stant Spring Po­lice Sta­tion and were directed to the Kingston Public Hospi­tal (KPH).

“Let me pause to give you some time to com­pose your­self,” said Tay­lor, who was lead­ing her through her ev­i­dence.

On the re­sump­tion, Mais said at KPH, she was ush­ered into an emer­gency room where she saw her son ly­ing on a bed in a cu­bi­cle with nurses and doc­tors gath­ered around him.

“I watched him take his last breath,” she tes­ti­fied.

“I saw him breath­ing for a while, then there was a gasp, then there was noth­ing,” she con­tin­ued.

Mais re­counted that she im­me­di­ately started scream­ing. “I woke up in a hospi­tal cu­bi­cle next door be­cause they had to se­date me,” she said.

How­ever, dur­ing cross-ex­am­i­na­tion by Pow­ell’s at­tor­ney, Deb­o­rah Martin, Mais con­ceded that Kha­jeel, who en­tered KC in sec­ond form, had be­havioural is­sues that ex­tended be­yond the in­sti­tu­tion.

As an ex­am­ple, she ac­knowl­edged that her son had “a mat­ter” be­fore the Ju­ve­nile Court.

Mais also ad­mit­ted that Kha­jeel “had a few is­sues” dur­ing his time at KC.

“This re­sulted in you get­ting calls from the school?” Pow­ell’s at­tor­ney ques­tioned. “Yes, it did,” she replied. Five of the 27 wit­nesses listed on the in­dict­ment, in­clud­ing Kha­jeel’s fa­ther, Noel Mais Jr, gave ev­i­dence yes­ter­day.

The trial is sched­uled to con­tinue to­day with Po­lice Cor­po­ral Robert Robin­son giv­ing ev­i­dence.

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