Cops charged in Mario Deane case get new court date
Christopher Thomas, Gleaner Writer
THE THREE police officers facing multiple charges arising from the beating of Mario Deane, who subsequently died in hospital on Independence Day, are to return to court on October 9.
The cops, who are all assigned to the Barnett Street Police Station, were given the new court date in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court yesterday.
Corporal Elaine Stewart, District Constable Juliana Clevon and District Constable Marlon Grant are charged with manslaughter, misconduct in a public office, and perverting the course of justice, arising from the incident in which Deane was beaten while in custody at the Barnett Street Police Station.
It is alleged that the three police officers were on duty at the police station at the time when Deane, who was in custody for being in possession of a ganja spliff, was denied bail and placed in the cell where he was later beaten.
It is further alleged that Stewart gave instructions for the cell where Deane was beaten to be cleaned, before the arrival of investigators from the Independent Commission of Investigations.
Yesterday, Clerk of the Court Natalie Malcolm asked presiding magistrate Ann-Marie Granger to set a new date for the case to be mentioned, as Resident Magistrate Carolyn Tie was to make a ruling in how the case would be prosecuted.