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Deane murder accused not getting medical treatment, says lawyer

Published:Friday | October 10, 2014 | 10:00 AM

Christopher Thomas, Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The attorney representing Marvin Orr, one of two inmates charged for the beating of Mario Deane, yesterday told the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court that Orr, who is in custody, has not been receiving medical treatment.

"My understanding is that Mr Orr has not been getting treatment. That is one of the things the police are responsible for," attorney-at-law Trevor Ho Lyn, told Resident Magistrate (RM) Carolyn Tie when the case was mentioned in court yesterday.

"While in custody, … for a person that is in need of medical treatment, is there a journal?" asked Ho Lyn. "I would request that a copy of the journal for Mr Orr's treatment be brought to court."

"No, there is none," replied RM Tie, after briefly conferring with one of the court officers. "So on the next occasion, I am going to order a subpoena for the matron for Trelawny (where Orr is currently in custody) to be here," the magistrate added.

The court was also told that Adrian Morgan, Orr's co-accused, was absent from court because his forensic psychiatric report has not been completed.

"Sir, you will be brought back on November 21," RM Tie told Orr, as she set the case for mention and remanded the defendant.

Mario Deane was taken into custody on August 3 for possession of a small quantity of ganja. He was later found suffering from injuries as a result of a beating he sustained while in the cells, and subsequently died at hospital on August 6. Orr and Morgan were later charged in connection with his death.