Patrick Powell ordered to pay Khajeel Mais' family $2-M

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patrick-powell-mais-killer-free.jpgBusinessman Patrick Powell has been ordered to pay the family of slain Kingston College student Khajeel Mais just over 2 million dollars.

The order was made in the Supreme Court yesterday by Justice Stephanie Jackson Haisley in a wrongful death lawsuit filed against the businessman by the parents of the 17-year-old.

Jackson Haisley ordered that Powell pay the estate of Khajeel Mais special damages of 1.7 million dollars with interest of three per cent from July 1, 2011, the same day he was killed.

Powell has also been ordered to pay 206,788 dollars in special damages with three per cent interest from February last year.

The award comes 20 months after the case ended with a default judgement.

Powell did not contest the suit.

He is serving a nine-month sentence for failing to turn over his licensed firearm and ammunition to police investigators probing Mais death.

Khajeel Mais was shot and killed while traveling in a taxi in Havendale, St Andrew.

In the lawsuit, Noel and Allana Mais contended that their son was lawfully travelling in a taxi when Powell pulled alongside the vehicle.

They claimed that the businessman negligently and without cause discharged his firearm and shot their son who later succumbed to his injuries.

According to Noel and Allana Mais, the businessman failed to carry out any or sufficient enquiries before resorting to the use of lethal force in firing on their son, who was unarmed and posed no threat to him.