New date for de­fen­dant in Mario Deane case

Jamaica Gleaner - - INTERNATIONAL NEWS - Christo­pher Thomas Gleaner Writer

WEST­ERN BUREAU: AMION CARGILL, one of the three in­mates charged with mur­der in con­nec­tion with the beat­ing death of Mario Deane, is to re­turn to the St James Cir­cuit Court on De­cem­ber 5 when the case against him is slated to con­tinue.

Cargill, who is hear­ing and speech-im­paired; and two other in­mates who also have men­tal chal­lenges, were ar­rested and charged in con­nec­tion with the beat­ing.

A num­ber of po­lice per­son­nel, who were on duty at the time of the in­ci­dent, were also charged with a range of of­fences.

The new court date for Cargill

Dwas given when the mat­ter came up for men­tion in the St James Cir­cuit Court. The court was told that the de­fen­dant, who is being rep­re­sented by at­tor­ney Franklyn Hal­ibur­ton, had not been brought to court due to ill­ness.

Deane suf­fered from the fa­tal in­juries while he was in cus­tody at the Bar­nett Street Po­lice Sta­tion in Mon­tego Bay on Au­gust 3, 2014. He died three days later in the Corn­wall Re­gional Hos­pi­tal with­out re­gain­ing con­scious­ness.

In his pre­vi­ous court ap­pear­ances, Cargill was deemed un­fit to plea pri­mar­ily on ac­count of the re­sults from a court-ap­pointed ex­am­i­na­tion by med­i­cal ex­perts. Mon­day’s hear­ing was to ad­dress sub­mis­sions in re­gards to his cur­rent Mario Deane

men­tal state.

Cargill and his two co-de­fen­dants, Marvin Orr and Adrian Mor­gan, re­port­edly beat Deane while they were in cus­tody at the Bar­nett Street Po­lice Sta­tion in Mon­tego Bay.

Deane was ar­rested ear­lier that day for the pos­ses­sion of a ganja spliff.

In their court ap­pear­ance be­fore pre­sid­ing High Court Jus­tice Lorna Shelly-Wil­liams on Septem­ber 23, Orr and Mor­gan were both deemed fit to plea, and had their mat­ter set for trial on Jan­uary 9, 2017. Orr is rep­re­sented by at­tor­neys Trevor Ho Lyn and Stacy-Ann Young, while Mor­gan is rep­re­sented by at­tor­ney Ever­ton De­war.

The beat­ing death of Deane, who was re­port­edly de­nied bail un­der ques­tion­able cir­cum­stances, at­tracted sig­nif­i­cant lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional at­ten­tion and is be­lieved to have played a role in the sub­se­quent de­crim­i­nal­i­sa­tion of ganja, mak­ing it a ‘non-ar­restable’ of­fence.

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