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Witness in Mario Deane case back in custody

Published:Tuesday | September 23, 2014 | 9:12 AM

The man who allegedly witnessed the brutal beating of 31-year-old Mario Deane in August was taken back into custody yesterday.

Last week, the St James police reported that 21-year-old Fahdean Ferguson escaped from the Freeport police station where he was taken for an identification parade.

That prompted reactions of concern from civil groups and the lawyers representing the family of Mario Deane.

Deputy Commissioner of the Independent Commission of Investigations, Hamish Campbell, says the man surrendered to the agency yesterday.

After news of the escape last week, Campbell confirmed that the man had participated in an identification parade before he escaped.

Deane was brutally beaten on Independence Day, allegedly by cells mates at the St James police lock-up after he was detained for possession of a ganja spliff.

He died on August 6 and was buried on Sunday.

The circumstances of his death have resulted in significant local and international focus, with suggestions of possible police involvement.

The police have denied any involvement in the incident.


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