Monday 14 October, 2019

Trial of cops in Mario Deane case set for September 18

Mario Deane

Mario Deane

The trial of the three police officers charged by the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) in connection with the 2014 beating death of Mario Deane in a jail cell in Montego Bay, has been set for September 18.

The case was transferred to the St James Circuit Court by St James Parish Judge, Sandria Wong-Small, when it came up for communal in court on Monday.

The three accused cops are Woman Corporal Elaine Stewart, District Constable Marlon Grant, and District Constable Juliana Clevon.

They are facing charges of manslaughter, perverting the course of justice, and misconduct in a public office.

Their lawyers had made no-case submissions on their clients' behalf, but on Friday, Judge Wong-Small ruled that they each had a case to answer.

The three, who were present in court on Monday, had their $400,000 bails extended.

Deane was taken into custody at the Barnett Street Police Station for possession of a ganja ‘spliff’ on Sunday, August 3, 2014. Three days later he died in the Cornwall Regional Hospital after receiving severe injuries to the head while in custody.

The accused police officers were reportedly on duty at the Barnett Street Police Station at the time Deane was beaten, reportedly by inmates at the lock-up.

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