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Cops in Mario Deane case to get hearing date on February 13

Published:Saturday | January 17, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas


THE THREE cops facing multiple charges arising from the beating death of Mario Deane will on February 13 be told when their case will be heard in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court.

Corporal Elaine Stewart, District Constable Juliana Clevon, and District Constable Marlon Grant are charged with manslaughter, misconduct in a public office, and perverting the course of justice.

They were given the new date when they appeared in court on Friday.

Beaten in lock-up

The three police personnel were charged after Deane, a 31-year-old construction worker, died in hospital on August 6, 2014, after sustaining injuries from a beating he received while he was in the Barnett Street lock-up three days earlier.

It is alleged that the three police officers were on duty at the Barnett Street Police Station at the time when Deane was denied bail and placed in the cell where he was later beaten. Deane had been held for a ganja spliff.

It is further alleged that Stewart gave instructions for the cell, where Deane was beaten to be cleaned before the arrival of investigators from the Independent Commission of Investigations.