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Inmate charged with Mario Deane killing beaten at Barnett Street lock-up

Published:Thursday | August 14, 2014 | 7:38 PM

Janet Silvera, Senior Gleaner Writer


Marvin Orr, one of the two men charged with the murder of construction worker, Mario Deane, was today beaten allegedly by inmates at the Barnett Street Police Station in Montego Bay, St James.

Orr was treated at the Cornwall Regional Hospital, and later released to the police.

Orr, who according to his medical report is a schizophrenic, should be supervised in a therapeutic environment, said his doctors.

A short while ago, Superintendent Egbert Parkins, the commanding officer for St James, told The Gleaner/Power 106 News that Orr was injured during a scuffle with cellmates.

"We observed a swelling to the side of his face and a bruise on one of his legs," Parkins said.

He said two pastors were later called in to provide counselling for Orr.

In the meantime, Parkins said Orr has since been transferred to the Freeport police station and arrangements are being made at this hour to remove him from the parish.

The Gleaner understands that Orr's family traveled from Linstead, St. Catherine to visit him today but was denied access.

However, after the intervention of Orr's lawyer, Stacy-Ann Young, they were allowed to see him.

Contacted this evening, Young declined on the matter.

Mario Deane was beaten allegedly by inmates at the Barnett Street lock-up on August 3.

Three days later he died in hospital.

Two constables and a corporal have been interdicted and a three district constables suspended as the police inspectorate deepens its probe into Deane's beating while in police custody.

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