Mario Deane's funeral under way
The funeral for 31-year-old St James construction worker, Mario Deane, who died three days after being beaten at the Barnett Street police lock-up in Montego Bay, is now under way at the Cornwall Gardens Seventh-day Adventist Church in Mount Salem.
A burial will follow at the family plot in Hanover.
The family had refused an offer by the government to pay for Deane's funeral. Their attorney, Michael Lorne, says the offer was refused because the government has not accepted responsibility for Deane's death. According to Lorne, the rejection of the offer is a matter of principle.
The family had opened a bank account seeking contributions from the public to cover the cost of the funeral arrangements.
Deane's death on Independence Day, August 6, triggered local and international outcry for justice. The family has also secured the services of well-known US civil rights attorney, Jasmine Rand, to represent them in the case against the state.
The police have maintained that Deane was beaten by fellow cell-mates. Two inmates have since been charged with Deane's 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.
An independent pathologist who observed the autopsy said Deane suffered tremendous brain damage as a result of the beating.
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