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April 12 resumption for Mario Deane prelim

Published:Wednesday | March 23, 2016 | 12:00 AM


The preliminary hearing in the case against three police personnel who are facing multiple charges arising from the August 2014 beating of Mario Deane, while in custody, will resume in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court on April 12.

Corporal Elaine Stewart and constables Juliana Clevon and Marlon Grant had their bails extended following their latest court appearance yesterday.

The three police defendants are charged with manslaughter, misconduct in a public office, and perverting the course of justice.

During yesterday's proceedings, the court heard testimony from a witness who was in custody at the Barnett Street Police Station at the time when Deane, who was in custody for possession of a ganja spliff, was beaten on August 3, 2014.

Yesterday's witness is the fifth to give testimony so far, with another three witnesses expected to testify on April 12.

The allegations are that the three police personnel were on duty at the time when Deane was beaten in a cell at the lock-up.

Three days later, Deane died in hospital on August 6, 2014.

It is further alleged that Stewart gave instructions for the cell to be cleaned before the arrival of investigators from the Independent Commission of Investigations.

- Christopher Thomas