March date set for cops accused of beating mentally-ill man to death
March 8 is the new trial date now set for the three policemen who are all facing manslaughter charges arising from the 2014 beating death of Kamoza Clarke, a man who was suffering from mental illness.
The date was set on Monday by High Court Justice Leighton Pusey when the policemen; Derrick Henry, a sergeant, along with district constables Alwayne Eccleston and Onecko Brown appeared before the Trelawny Circuit Court.
The new date was given to allow for case management to be carried out, in order for the attorneys in the matter to determine what evidence will be agreed on by the prosecution and the defence team in the upcoming trial.
Henry, Eccleston and Brown were charged in connection to the death of Clarke, who succumbed to injuries he sustained in a brutal beating while in custody at the Falmouth police lock-up in Trelawny on October 20, 2013.
The three lawmen were initially charged with murder, but the charge was later reduced to manslaughter in the Trelawny Parish Court.
Reports are that Clarke, a mentally challenged man was beaten into a vegetative state while in custody on a charge of malicious destruction of property. He died four months later while in intensive care at the Cornwall Regional Hospital in Montego Bay, St James.