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Prelim for cops in Mario Deane case to continue May 3

Published:Thursday | April 14, 2016 | 12:00 AM

Western Bureau:

The ongoing preliminary examination in the case against three police officers, faced with multiple charges arising from the beating of Mario Deane while in police custody in 2014, will be resumed in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court on May 3.

Corporal Elaine Stewart and district constables Juliana Clevon and Marlon Grant had their bails extended following their most recent court appearance on Tuesday, during which two police officers gave evidence.

The officers who testified on Tuesday were Detective Sergeant Joel Findlay and Corporal Orville Williams, both of whom were attached to the Barnett Street Police Station at the time of Deane's beating while he was in custody at the station lock-up on August 3, 2014, for possession of a ganja spliff.

Stewart, Clevon, and Grant are charged with manslaughter, misconduct in a public office, and perverting the course of justice.

It is alleged that the three defendants were on duty at the time when Deane was beaten in a cell at the lock-up. Deane subsequently died in hospital three days later, on August 6, 2014.

It is further alleged that Stewart gave instructions for the cell

to be cleaned before the arrival

of investigators from the Independent Commission of Investigations.