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January 22 for defendant in Mario Deane case

Published:Saturday | January 9, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas


Damion Cargill, one of the three inmates charged with murder in the beating death of Mario Deane while in custody, is set to appear in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court on January 22, on a separate charge of assault occasioning bodily harm.

Cargill, who is also set to appear in the St James Circuit Court on January 22, alongside his co-defendants, Marvin Orr and Adrian Morgan, was given the new date for his appearance in the lower court following an application by his lawyer, Franklin Haliburton, before presiding Resident Magistrate Sandria Wong-Small yesterday.

"The matter is to be mentioned in the Circuit Court on January 22 for assessments to be done and statements to be submitted. I ask that this matter be mentioned on that day as well," said Haliburton, referring to medical assessments to be conducted upon Cargill, who is a deaf-mute and suffers psychological challenges.

"I also made the application in the Circuit Court, and I will make it here, that he (Cargill) be taken to the doctor for a medical condition; for his foot," Haliburton added.

On a previous court date, when Cargill's case with Orr and Morgan was mentioned in the Circuit Court, it was revealed at that time that the acquisition of their medical records for psychological issues had been a perpetual problem affecting the progression of the case.

Cargill, Orr, and Morgan are charged in relation to Mario Deane's death on April 6, 2014, following a beating Deane received at the Barnett Street lock-up three days earlier. Orr and Morgan were arrested and charged following Deane's death, while Cargill was charged in April 2015.