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Government reassures culprits in Mario Deane beating 'will be held accountable'

Published:Monday | September 22, 2014 | 9:14 AM

The Government is seeking to reassure that the culprits responsible for Mario Deane’s deadly beating at a St James police lock-up on Independence Day will be held accountable.



National Security Minister Peter Bunting repeated the Government’s position yesterday at the People’s National Party conference in Kingston.



The 31-year-old construction worker who was brutally beaten allegedly by cellmates at the Barnett Street lock-up in St James, was buried yesterday.



At his funeral, speakers, including PNP MP Lloyd B Smith, renewed calls for justice over the controversial death which has garnered significant local and international focus.



And in Kingston, Bunting told CVM Television that justice will be served in the incident in which doubts have been raised about the police’s explanation.



Two inmates have 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.



The police have denied any involvement in Deane's death.



Last week, news emerged that a man who reportedly witnessed the beating escaped custody.



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