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Outstanding documents hamper Mario Deane murder case

Published:Saturday | January 17, 2015 | 1:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:
MARVIN ORR and Adrian Morgan, the inmates who were charged in connection with the death of Mario Deane, have been remanded in police custody until February 20, following their latest appearance in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court on Friday.

Presiding Magistrate Carolyn Tie set the new date after clerk of the court Natalie Malcolm informed the court that several documents, including scene-of-crime reports and a psychiatric report for one of the defendants, were still outstanding.

"Up to yesterday (Thursday), I had not received a response to the letter I wrote requesting a forensic psychiatric report for Mr Orr. The correctional officer (at the facility where Orr was housed) did not give me a time frame," said Malcolm.

"Regarding the scene-of-crime documents and CDs, I am told by the investigating officer that the scarcity of resources has accounted for the Crown not being in possession of the documents at this time," Malcolm continued.

But attorney-at-law Trevor Ho Lyn, who is part of the defence team for Orr and Malcolm, argued that there were other ways the outstanding information could have been sent to the prosecution.

"There are means by which the Crown could receive a digital copy (of the requested information). It is an indictment of our system," Ho Lyn complained.

The case was subsequently set for mention on February 20.

Mario Deane, a 31-year-old construction worker, died in hospital on August 6, 2014, after sustaining injuries from a beating he received three days earlier while he was an inmate at the Barnett Street Police Station. Orr and Morgan, who were inmates at Barnett Street at the time of the incident, were subsequently arrested and charged with murder in connection with Deane's death.