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Jail beating again - One of Mario Deane's alleged killers beaten by inmates, cop says

Published:Friday | August 15, 2014 | 8:00 AM
Opposition Leader Andrew Holness(2nd right), visited the Barnett Street lock-up last week.

WESTERN BUREAU:

Marvin Orr, one of the two men charged with the murder of construction worker, Mario Deane, was yesterday rushed to the Cornwall Regional Hospital for medical attention, after he was reportedly beaten by inmates at the Barnett Street Police Station, the same place he is accused of beating Deane, leading to his death.

"He was involved in an altercation with other inmates. He was taken to the Cornwall Regional Hospital for treatment and then taken back," Superintendent Egbert Parkins in charge of St James told The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre last night.

Orr, who suffers from schizophrenia, is charged jointly with Adrian Williams for the brutal beating of Deane at the Barnett Street Police Station jail.

Deane is said to have attempted to rest on a bunk bed, which the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court was told Orr had laid claim to. He was allegedly dragged off the bunk bed and thrown on to the floor and beaten by three inmates, including a deaf-mute.

Parkins last night said Orr's injuries, sustained during a "scuffle", are not considered serious.

"We observed a swelling to the side of his face and a bruise on one of his legs," Parkins said, while adding that Orr was temporarily relocated to the Freeport Police Station in Montego Bay and that arrangements were being made to transfer him out of the parish.

The incident occurred less than 24 hours after Sadiki Deane, the sister of Deane, lashed out against Justice Minister Mark Golding and National Security Minister Peter Bunting.

Bunting has since announced plans to meet with the family this weekend.

"I have a very committed schedule and I am scheduled to be in Montego Bay this weekend and my staff has contacted the family, so when I go there, we will meet with them and hear their concerns first-hand," Bunting told The Gleaner.

The minister made the comment following his address at yesterday's Unite For Change launch in Westmoreland.

Deane's death has sparked widespread protests in and around Montego Bay.

A Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) delegation, led by Opposition Leader Andrew Holness, visited the Barnett Street lock-up and also met with Deane's family.

Following the visit, Holness called for the establishing of a Commission on Human Rights, which he said would take a proactive approach to investigating trends in regards to human rights abuse and make recommendations to rectify any noted deficiencies.

Bunting said while he did not want to respond to Holness' suggestion, he is aware that Justice Minister Mark Golding is looking at finding ways to address human-rights breaches.

In her criticism of the ministries of justice and security, Sadiki Deane said enough was not being done to protect the rights of Jamaican citizens.

"Those who are in charge have proven that they cannot ensure the safety and security of Jamaican citizens. Therefore, they need to be replaced with new individuals who have the best interest of all Jamaican citizens [at heart] - not just the ones of high social, political or economic status," Sadiki stated in an email to The Gleaner earlier this week.

Meanwhile, Assistant Commissioner of Police Warren Clarke, the commanding officer for Area One, which includes St James, said the police are in touch with the family and have organised grief-counselling sessions for them.

"We really regret the incident, but so far, we have been working with the family to assist in the grieving process, and we have been doing all that we can to deal with the circumstances as best as we can," Clarke, told The Gleaner yesterday.

Clarke insisted that the public's anger was not being directed at the police, but rather to the circumstances which led to Deane's death.

"We will continue to review supervisory procedures in particular to make sure incidents (like this) never reoccur," he said.