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PM breaks silence on Deane's deadly beating

Published:Monday | August 18, 2014 | 9:15 AM
Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller – File
Peter Bunting - File

Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller has finally broken her silence on the controversial Mario Deane killing.

Speaking last evening at the People's National Party Constituency Conference in North West St Ann, Simpson Miller said she did not comment earlier because the matter is under investigation and two government ministers have already spoken publicly on the issue.

The Prime MInister says she's to get a report on the matter at Cabinet this morning.

Simpson Miller also said the government would not stand by and allow the rights of persons to be abused, even if they have run afoul of the law.

Meanwhile, National Security Minister, Peter Bunting is today expected to received a report on the state of police lock-ups across the island.

Bunting had asked Acting Police Commissioner Glenmore Hinds to conduct an audit of the facilities following the August 3 beating of 31-year-old Mario Deane at the Barnett Street Police Station in Montego Bay, St James.

Three days later, Deane died in hospital.

The police maintain that Deane who had been arrested for a ganja spliff was attacked by cellmates.

However, this has been rejected by Deane’s family.

Two inmates have since been charged with the murder.

At the same time, one police corporal and two constables have been interdicted and three district constables suspended while the police inspectorate continues to probe the matter.

Since the Mario Deane killing a St Thomas court has reprimanded a constable who arrested a man for two months for a ganja spliff before taking him to court.

Last week, Acting Commissioner Hinds said he expects that this case would be cited in the audit.


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