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Ruling against mentally ill man in Mario Deane murder delayed

Published:Tuesday | July 18, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Mario Deane died after being beaten at the Barnett Street Police Station in August, 2014.

Christopher Thomas, Gleaner Writer

High Court judge Vivienne Harris is now expected to rule on July 28 in respect of Damion Cargill, one of three inmates charged with the 2014 murder of Mario Deane.

Deane was beaten while in police custody.

Cargill’s attorney Franklyn Haliburton told reporters that Harris has deferred the ruling against his client to allow her more time to consider all available options.
"There are other aspects of the matter that need to be considered, including that of supervision by the probation office of Montego Bay; that is still outstanding, and as it stands, the judge is considering a range of options as prescribed by the law," said Haliburton.

Cargill has been deemed mentally unstable and unfit to plead.

The judge could decide to send him to prison or order his supervised release from police custody.

Today, two medical experts sought to explain the treatment that would be required for Cargill.
Cargill was charged along with fellow inmates Marvin Orr and Adrian Morgan, on allegations that they beat Deane while they were all in custody at the Barnett Street Police Station on August 3, 2014.

Deane died at the Cornwall Regional Hospital three days later.