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New court date for men accused of beating Mario Deane murder suspect

Published:Tuesday | September 23, 2014 | 9:00 AM

Christopher Thomas, Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The two inmates who reportedly attacked one of the suspects in the beating death of Mario Deane had their case deferred to October 7 when they appeared in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court yesterday.

Thirty-nine-year-old Colin Malcolm and Omar Mitchell, who are in custody at the Barnett Street Police Station, in Montego Bay, are charged with assault occasioning bodily harm, committed against Marvin Orr, one of the inmates who reportedly attacked and beat Deane on August 3.

The allegations against Malcolm and Mitchell are that, on August 14, Orr was asleep in his cell when he was awoken by voices. One of the two defendants accused him of urinating in the passage and ordered him to clean it. Mitchell then hit Orr's head against a wall, and both men stepped on his stomach.

Attorney absent

When the case was mentioned yesterday, Resident Magistrate Carolyn Tie was told that the attorney representing Malcolm and Mitchell, Sherrine Reddie, was absent from court because to illness.

"You are both to return here on October 7. The investigating officer and the witnesses are bound over (to attend on that date)," RM Tie told the duo.

The alleged attack against Orr came just over a week after Mario Deane, who was arrested for possession of a ganja spliff, was savagely beaten at the Barnett Street Police Station. He subsequently died in hospital on Independence Day, August 6.

Orr and another inmate, Adrian Morgan, have been charged in connection with Deane's death and will have their case mentioned on October 3.