'I saw a man washing blood from Mario Deane's cell' - investigator
Janet Silvera, Senior Gleaner Writer
The investigating officer in the Mario Deane killing has written a statement tendered in court saying he observed a prisoner washing away blood from the cell of the deceased when he arrived at the Barnett Street Police lock-up on Sunday August 3.
Mario Deane who was arrested for a ganja spliff on August 3, died in hospital three days after he was beaten at the Barnett Street police station.
In his statement, investigating officer, detective sergeant Joel Findlay said he happened upon a contaminated crime scene at the Barnett Street police station.
He said he observed a man inside washing out the cell.
According to Sergeant Findlay, he immediately stopped the man and instructed him to leave the cell area.
This statement by the police has raised further questions about the management of the Barnett Street police station.
Already, two constables and a corporal have been interdicted and three district constables suspended as the police inspectorate intensifies its probe into the matter.
The police have also charged two prisoners with Deane’s murder.
The issue of the preservation of crime scenes has long been a problem in Jamaica.
Local human rights bodies and other civil society groups have criticized the police for their failure in this regard.
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