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Deane's killers will be held accountable, Bunting assures

Published:Tuesday | September 23, 2014 | 12:00 AM
File Mario Deane unconscious in hospital after he was beaten while in custody at the Barnett Street lock-up in St James.

The Government is seeking to assure that the culprits responsible for Mario Deane's deadly beating at a St James police lock-up on Independence Day will be held accountable.

National Security Minister Peter Bunting repeated the Government's position Sunday at the People's National Party (PNP) conference in Kingston.

The 31-year-old construction worker, who was brutally beaten, allegedly by cellmates at the Barnett Street lock-up in St James, was buried Sunday. At his funeral, speakers, including government Member of Parliament Lloyd B. Smith, renewed calls for justice over the controversial death, which has garnered significant local and international focus.

And in Kingston, Bunting told CVM Television that justice would be served in the incident in which doubts have been raised about the police's explanation.

Two inmates have been charged with Deane's murder, while a police corporal and two constables have been interdicted and three district constables suspended pending the outcome of a probe by the police inspectorate.

The police have denied any involvement in Deane's death.