Preliminary hearing deferred for cops in Mario Deane case
The preliminary hearing in the case against three cops who were implicated in the beating death of St James construction worker, Mario Deane, who was arrested for a ganja spliff, has been deferred until August 18.
Corporal Elaine Stewart, District Constable Juliana Clevon, and District Constable Marlon Grant, who are all charged with manslaughter, misconduct in a public office, and perverting the course of justice, all appeared in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court yesterday.
The trio had their bails extended after clerk of the court Yanique Henry told presiding magistrate Carolyn Tie that a number of prosecution witnesses were not available.
The three police officers were charged after Deane died in hospital on August 6, 2014, three days after sustaining injuries from a beating he allegedly received while he was in the Barnett Street lock-up.
The three cops were on duty at the Barnett Street Police Station at the time when Deane was reportedly denied bail under questionable circumstances.
It is alleged that Stewart gave instructions for the cell, where Deane was allegedly beaten, to be cleaned before the arrival of investigators from the Independent Commission of Investigations.
In addition to the three cops, three men, who were said to be in the same cell as Deane, are also facing criminal charges arising from the same incident.