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Published:Saturday | October 4, 2014 | 10:00 AM

Defendant in Mario Deane murder case causes uproar in court

ONE OF the two inmates charged in the beating death of Mario Deane had to be forcibly taken away after he created a major uproar in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court yesterday.

Adrian Morgan, who is jointly charged with Marvin Orr in relation to the death of Deane, who died on Independence Day from injuries sustained while in custody at the Barnett Street Police Station, was hauled out of the courtroom moments after the case was mentioned before presiding magistrate Ann-Marie Granger.

Morgan, who is believed to be of unsound mind, began hurling accusations and expletives at the police, causing a temporary halt to the court proceedings.

"Wah you kill di people dem pickney for and come say a me for? Nuh touch me! Unno come thief my things," Morgan shouted, prompting court officers to handcuff him and take him out of the courtroom.

Morgan's attorney, Everton Dewar, subsequently expressed concern over whether his client, who had previously been sent for psychiatric evaluation, was being given his medication.

"I am uncertain whether Mr Morgan has been getting his treatment … if it is that that matter could be addressed," attorney Dewar said to RM Granger. "I will be requesting a forensic psychiatric report, which speaks to his behaviour," Dewar added.

The court was also told that a number of documents, including the post-mortem report, had not yet been added to the prosecution's case file. As a result, RM Granger deferred the case to October 9.

"This matter is to be mentioned on October 9. They (Orr and Morgan) are remanded," said RM Granger.

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