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Mario Deane family stage protest outside St James lock-up

Published:Monday | August 3, 2015 | 12:43 PM

One year after Mario Deane was beaten at the Barnett Street lock-up in St James, his family is staged a protest outside the doors of the station and demanding justice for him.

Deane died in August last year following a severe beating he received while at the lock-up.

Deane was arrested for a marijuana spliff as he attempted to make his way to work.

He should have received bail.

However, this process was delayed after he reportedly told a friend that he did not like a particular female police officer at the station.

There were conflicting reports about the circumstances under which he received the injuries which eventually led to his death.

Initially the police said Deane fell from a bed.

However, according to subsequent police reports, Deane was beaten in his cell by fellow inmates, including at least one with mental health illness.

One year to the day after his beating and subsequent death, his mother, Marcia Frazer says she's still waiting for someone to pay for what happened to her child.

 

Marcia Frazer, Mother of Mario Deane speaking this morning on Nationwide this morning

The case against the inmates charged in relation to Deane’s death will next be mentioned in the Montego Bay Resident magistrate’s Court on September 18.

When the case was last heard on July 17, Damion Cargill, one of the three inmates charged was ordered to be taken for psychiatric evaluation in order to determine his fitness to submit a plea.

It is understood that previous efforts to establish communication between a psychiatrist and Cargill had run into difficulty as Cargill is a deaf-mute and mentally challenged.

Cargill, Orr, and Morgan, who were not present during Friday's court sitting, are charged in relation to Mario Deane's death on April 6, 2014, following a beating Deane sustained at the Barnett Street lock-up three days earlier.

Orr and Morgan were arrested and charged following Deane's death last year,while Cargill was charged in April this year.

Meanwhile, Frazer, says she does not believe that changes to the country’s ganja laws will prevent future cases like Mario Deane.

After Deane’s death last year, the government fast-tracked the passage of legislation to decriminalise the possession of small amounts of marijuana

However, Deane’s mother says she believes this was just a ploy to cover up what really happened to her son.

She says things will not change unless the underlying issues, such as the attitude of members of the Police to citizens, are addressed.