Sunday 31 May, 2020

Decision pending in Mario Deane case

More than three-and-a-half years after Mario Deane was beaten to death in the Barnett Street police lock-up in St James a decision is yet to be made about whether the three police personnel who were charged with manslaughter, have a case to answer.

That decision could be made next month when the three - Corporal Elaine Stewart and district constables Juliana Clevon and Marlon Grant are scheduled to return to the St James Parish Court.

Their bails were extended when they appeared in court on Thursday.

April 20 was set as the next court date at which time parish judge Sandra Wong Small is expected to make her ruling.

Stewart, Clevon and Grant who were reportedly on duty on August 3, 2014 when the 31-year-old Deane was viciously beaten, allegedly by other inmates, have been charged with manslaughter, misconduct in a public office, and perverting the course of justice.

Meanwhile, the court has ruled that Marvin Orr and Adrian Morgan, two of three inmates who were charged in connection with the beating death of Deane, are fit to stand trial.

They were said to be mentally unstable at the time Deane was beaten.

Previous psychiatric evaluations over the past two years had indicated that the men were not fit to plead.


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