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Key witness in Mario Deane case completed ID parade before escape - INDECOM

Published:Tuesday | September 16, 2014 | 12:28 PM

Deputy Commissioner of the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM), Hamish Campbell, says a key witness in the Mario Deane case had completed participating in an identification parade before he escaped.

The police have reported that 21-year-old Fahdean Ferguson, who was an alleged witness to the beating of Mario Deane, escaped from the Freeport police station where he was taken for an identification parade.

However, Campbell today clarified that the identification parade on Sunday had already been completed when the witness escaped.

He says INDECOM had also already taken a statement.

Campbell also notes that there are provisions in law should a witness be unable to give evidence in court for any reason.

"Certainly, there are rules in Jamaica and in other places where if an individual - a witness, was to die or was unavailable or had gone overseas, of course the courts in certain conditions can allow a witness' evidence to be heard without that witness present. It's not the best evidence, but nevertheless if conditions are met the court and a judge can allow that," Campbell states.

"But we are a long, long way from even that being the case because we haven't made any determinations in respect of the death of Mario Deane and any issues there," he added.

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