Death in custody of 31-y-o man continues to stir outrage
The death in custody of a 31-year-old man in Montego Bay five days ago continues to stir outrage, as a group aligned to the governing political party agitates for a thorough probe and a civic group announces plans for a protest.
This morning, the PNP Region 6 Regional Management Committee issued a statement urging the national security minister and the acting police commissioner to leave no stone unturned in getting to the truth surrounding the death.
The group says there can be no valid explanation for someone in the State’s custody to meet his death in the manner in which Mario Deane was killed.
Co-convenor of Citizens Action for Principle and Integrity (CAPI), Dennis Meadows, says a protest in being organised for Tuesday outside the Barnett Street police station to press for action to be taken against the police.
He argues that the protest is relevant given the apparent lack of transparency surrounding the police's investigation of the incident.
The police claim 31-year-old Deane was beaten by other prisoners last Sunday while he was being held for possession of a ganja spliff.
Deane, who suffered multiple brain injuries along with other head and facial damage, died on Wednesday at hospital.
Deane's family has claimed that doctors told them that the police initially said Deane fell from a bunk bed.
Last week, residents of Rosemount where Deane lived staged two days of protests as they accuse the police of human rights abuses.
Two inmates have been charged with the murder.
Thirty-five year-old Marvin Orr and 25-year-old Adrian Morgan are to face the courts on Wednesday to answer to the charges.
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