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Key witness in Mario Deane case escapes custody, now what?

Published:Tuesday | September 16, 2014 | 9:59 PM

Deputy Commissioner of the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM), Hamish Campbell, says there are provisions in law should a witness be unable to give evidence in court for any reason.



His comments come amid reports 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.



Speaking on Cliff Hughes online on Power 106 FM this morning, Campbell said the identification parade had already been completed on Sunday when the witness escaped.



He said INDECOM had also already taken a statement.



Campbell declined to say whether the witness had pointed out anyone during the ID parade.



Meanwhile, he said INDECOM is now enquiring how the witness escaped police custody.



However, he says he feels confident that the police will locate the witness, especially since he has charges to answer to in the court.



Deane, who was a 31-year-old construction worker died tthree days after a brutal beating at the Barnett Street Lock up in St James last month.



Two inmates have been charged with the murder while a police corporal and two constables have been interdicted and three district constables suspended pending the outcome of a probe by the police inspectorate.



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