September trial for defendants in beating of Mario Deane murder suspect
The two inmates who allegedly beat one of the suspects in the Mario Deane beating death case are to stand trial in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court on September 3.
Colin Malcolm and Omar Mitchell, who are charged with assault occasioning bodily harm against Marvin Orr, were given the new court date when they appeared in court yesterday.
"Today (Friday) was to set a trial date, so the complainant was not brought down from prison. The case is set for September 3," Martyn Thomas, who is representing the accused men, told The Gleaner.
The allegations against Malcolm and Mitchell are that on August 14, 2014, Orr was asleep in his cell at the Barnett Street Police Station when he was awakened by voices.
It is further alleged that one of the two defendants accused him of urinating in the passage and ordered him to clean it up. Mitchell then allegedly bashed Orr's head against the wall, and both men reportedly stepped on his stomach.
The alleged attack against Orr happened a week after Deane, who was initially taken into police custody for possession of a ganja spliff, was savagely beaten in his cell at the Barnett Street Police Station. Subsequent to Deane's death on Independence Day, Orr was implicated in his beating.
Orr and two other inmates, Adrian Morgan and Damion Cargill, were later charged as a result of the incident that led to Deane's death. Their case has been set for mention on July 17.