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Suspects in beating of Mario Deane defendant gets December court date

Published:Friday | November 7, 2014 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:

The two men, who reportedly beat one of the suspects in the Mario Deane murder case while they were together in custody, will return to the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate?s Court on December 11, as the medical report is still not ready.

Colin Malcolm and Omar Mitchell are both charged with assault occasioning bodily harm, committed against Marvin Orr. Their bails were extended after presiding magistrate Carolyn Tie was told that the prosecution had failed in its efforts to get the medical certificate.

?The matter was put for mention for the medical certificate in respect of this matter,? clerk of the court Reginald England told RM Tie. ?There is no report on the patient (Orr) being examined, and the medical report is not ready.?

?Did we get a date as to the medical?? RM Tie asked.

?No, your honour,? said England.

?Perhaps we can set this matter for December 11. Bail is extended for both men,? said RM Tie.

However, while Mitchell was allowed to leave, Malcolm, who is in custody on a separate charge, was handcuffed and taken away.

Allegations against Malcolm and Mitchell are that on August 14, Orr was asleep in his cell at the Barnett Street Police Station, when he was awoken by voices.

One of the two defendants accused Orr of urinating in the passage and ordered him to clean it. Mitchell then allegedly hit Orr?s head against the wall, and both men reportedly stepped in his stomach.

The alleged attack against Orr came more than a week after Mario Deane, who was arrested for possession of a ganja spliff, was savagely beaten in his cell at the same police station.

Deane subsequently died in hospital on Independence Day.

Orr and another inmate, Adrian Morgan, have been charged in connection with Deane?s death. They are set to appear in court on November 21.