No jus­tice for Mais’ fam­ily, Pa­trick Pow­ell

Jamaica Gleaner - - OPINION & .COMMENTARY -

THE ED­I­TOR, Sir: IT’S WIDELY ac­cepted that as a coun­try, we have lit­tle in­ter­est in see­ing jus­tice pre­vail, but the nu­mer­ous ex­pres­sions of out­rage at the re­sult in the so called X6 case says oth­er­wise.

Ac­cused busi­ness­man Pa­trick Pow­ell walked free on Mon­day af­ter the key wit­ness in the case changed his story.

Pow­ell was ac­cused of shoot­ing and killing 17-yearold Kha­jeel Mais on July 1, 2011, in what ap­peared to be a case of road rage af­ter the taxi Mais was rid­ing in ac­ci­den­tally bumped into a BMW X6.

Pow­ell may have es­caped a sen­tence in the court, but his char­ac­ter is tak­ing a bat­ter­ing in the court of public opin­ion.

Mon­day’s re­sult has sparked dis­cus­sion among Ja­maicans from all walks of life, many of whom are an­gry that no one was held ac­count­able for the mur­der of the teen.

The case has left more ques­tions than answers, many of which will never be an­swered.

But the case has also called on us as a na­tion to ex­am­ine and im­prove the sys­tems that we have in place to pur­sue jus­tice.

The dis­course of re­gret and hurt per­me­at­ing so­cial me­dia and other spheres is an in­di­ca­tion that many are will­ing to an­swer that call.

And Ja­maicans do hold jus­tice in high re­gard. STEVIAN SIM­MONDS stevian.sim­monds27@gmail.com

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