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New court date for inmates in Mario Deane case

Published:Saturday | September 30, 2017 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas
Mario Deane


Marvin Orr and Adrian Morgan, two of three inmates charged in connection with the death of Mario Deane, will return to the St James Circuit Court on October 12, when their medical records are expected to be handed over to the court.

Presiding High Court Justice Vivienne Harris set the new date and remanded the men in police custody when they appeared in court yesterday. This came after attorney Franklin Haliburton, who represents Morgan, and attorney Stacy-Ann Young, who represents Orr, told the court that they have not received all the medical records for the defendants, who both suffer from mental challenges.

Speaking with The Gleaner after the case's adjournment, Haliburton explained that the defence team will need to meet with the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) to secure documentation for detailed information on the defendants' records of their medical treatment while in custody.

"What we are supposed to do is liaise with the DPP, because we had written to her office previously for them to pursue the defendants' medical logs. The judge is prepared to make an order for the production of the logs, but she cannot make a vague order, so she wants the information for the time period we are seeking," said Haliburton.

Orr and Morgan were charged with murder, alongside fellow inmate Damion Cargill, in relation to Mario Deane's death after he was beaten while in custody at the Barnett Street police lock-up on August 3, 2014. Deane, who was 31 years old at the time, died three days later at the Cornwall Regional Hospital.

Cargill, who is a deaf-mute and suffers from mental challenges, was released from police custody and into the care of his relatives by order of the court, when he last appeared in court in July. He was previously represented by attorney Haliburton.