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'Where was the police?' - Stand up for Jamaica questions MoBay man's deadly beating

Published:Saturday | August 9, 2014 | 12:43 PM

Another civil society group is raising questions about the circumstances that led to the death of construction worker Mario Deane after a severe beating at the Barnett Street Police Station in Montego Bay.

Deane was taken into custody for possession of a ganja spliff and the police report that he was later beaten by other inmates at the lock-up.

However, Executive Director of the lobby group Stand up for Jamaica Maria Gullotta says if that was the case, where were the police when it was happening.

A family friend who said he went to bail Deane has reported that he was turned away and the 31-year-old construction worker denied bail by a policewoman after complaining he did not like the police.

Gullotta says the ongoing probe of the incident should also seek to determine why was the person who visited the lock up to bail Deane turned away and whether he was denied bail for saying he did not like police.

She says Stand up For Jamaica will follow this matter to the end and ensure that it is not swept under the carpet like other such incidents.

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