‘See you in court’

Jamaica Gleaner - - SOMETHING EXTRA -

LAWYERS FOR po­lice In­spec­tor Pa­tri­cia Pow­ell have sig­nalled that they will pro­ceed with le­gal ac­tion against the Firearm Li­cens­ing Author­ity (FLA) over claims that she and busi­ness­man Pa­trick Pow­ell were is­sued li­cences for the same gun just days apart in 2004.

The FLA, in a state­ment re­leased through the Min­istry of Na­tional Se­cu­rity ear­lier this month, said an au­dit of its sys­tem re­vealed that the po­lice in­spec­tor and the busi­ness­man were both is­sued li­cences for the same Glock pis­tol.

A week later, at­tor­ney-at-law Lin­ton Gor­don, who is rep­re­sent­ing In­spec­tor Pow­ell, fired back, say­ing the agency con­ducted an in­ves­ti­ga­tion that cleared her of any wrong­do­ing and apol­o­gised to her.

Gor­don blasted the FLA for is­su­ing the state­ment, call­ing it reck­less and ir­re­spon­si­ble, and de­manded a full apol­ogy.

He also wrote to the FLA giv­ing the agency 14 days to con­vene a meet­ing to ne­go­ti­ate “a pack­age of com­pen­sa­tion for the loss and dam­age In­spec­tor Pow­ell suf­fered”.

How­ever, the at­tor­ney told The Gleaner that the FLA has failed to re­spond to its re­quest and, as a re­sult, his client will take her case to the Supreme Court.

He said Pow­ell plans to seek com­pen­sa­tion for defama­tion and breach of her con­sti­tu­tional rights.

Gor­don, in his let­ter to the FLA chair­man, pointed out that from as far back as 2011, the agency be­came aware that its of­fi­cers im­prop­erly is­sued a firearm li­cence to Pa­trick Pow­ell.

He said the FLA apol­o­gised to In­spec­tor Pow­ell and promised that it would im­me­di­ately re­voke the said “ban­dooloo” li­cence.

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