Kingston, Jamaica (McKoy’s News) – Only Nine Months Imprisonment for Patrick Powell!: Businessman Patrick Powell who was implicated in the murder of Khajeel Mais has now been sentenced to a meager nine months in prison. How much more cruel can justice be for Mais’s mother and sister?
On Monday, October 24, 2016, Patrick Powell was freed of murder and shooting charges in the Home Circuit Court, but now the mother of Khajeel Mais, Mrs. Allana Mais, is reacting to the nine-month sentence that was given to Patrick Powell.
Mrs. Mais, in response to Powell’s sentencing, described it as “the end of it now. She says the sentence has given her some comfort. But how much comfort can this kind of sentence give a mother whose son had his young life snuffed out before even venturing out into the adult world?
Powell was convicted on July 11, 2017, for failing to hand over his licensed firearm and ammunition to the police for inspection. This conviction meant that Powell would have to pay up to $300,000 in fine or spend 12 months in prison.
“The court is not of the view that a fine would be a sufficient deterrent to other licensed firearm holders not to do what Mr. Powell has done,” Parish Judge Vaughn Smith said before imposing the sentence.
At the time of sentencing, Powell still had not surrendered his weapon to the police and his attorney, Deborah Martin had this to say, “We don’t have a gun to hand over today. The weapon is not in his possession.“
Police investigators had wanted Powell’s Glock pistol to do ballistic tests as he was a suspect in the shooting death of Khajeel Mais. However, during the trial of Powell, Superintendent Clive Walker said that on three occasions, he asked Powell to surrender the weapon, but nothing was forthcoming.
Ms. Martin, however, contended that by ignoring the requests from the police, her client was exercising his right to remain silent.
However, only when an accused person is formally arrested and charged, can this right be exercised, according to Prosecutors in this case.
Powell told the court that “knowing that this matter was under investigation I exercised my constitutional right to remain silent. All I did was to insist that whenever I was being questioned by the police that my lawyer was present,” he said.