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Murder accused in Mario Deane case to return to court tomorrow

Published:Tuesday | November 28, 2017 | 12:00 AM
In this file photo, Mercia Fraser (right), the mother of Mario Deane, holds a banner depicting her son – with the help of two supporters at Sam Sharpe Square in Montego Bay, St James.

WESTERN BUREAU:

Marvin Orr and Adrian Morgan, the inmates charged with murder in connection with the death of Mario Deane, who died from a brutal beating sustained while in police custody in 2013, will make their next appearance in the St James Circuit Court on November 29.

The two defendants were given the new date yesterday when they appeared before presiding High Court Justice Vivienne Harris. They were ordered to be remanded after it was revealed that their attorneys were not present at court.

Attorney-at-law Marsha Walters, who briefly represented Orr and Morgan, told Justice Harris that the men's attorneys - Stacy-Ann Young, Trevor Ho Lyn, Everton Dewar, and Franklyn Haliburton - had requested the new date, although no explanation was given for why they were not in attendance at court

"Counsels Young, Ho Lyn, Dewar, and Haliburton have requested for the matter to be mentioned this Wednesday (tomorrow and for the legal representation record to be updated," said Walters.

A trial date is expected to be set when the matter is mentioned on the next court date.

Orr and Morgan were charged with murder, alongside fellow inmate Damion Cargill, in relation to Mario Deane's death after he was beaten while in custody at the Barnett Street police lock-up on August 3, 2014. Deane, who was 31 years old at the time, died three days later at the Cornwall Regional Hospital.

Cargill, who is a deaf-mute and suffers from mental challenges, was released from police custody and into the care of his relatives by order of the court when he last appeared in court in July.

The protracted delays in the case have been a source of frustration for Deane's mother, Mercia Fraser, who has spoken out both locally and internationally against the length of time it has taken for the matter to be resolved.