Conviction in Mario Deane case important for human rights - CAPI
Co-convenor of the civil society group Citizens' Action for Principles and Integrity (CAPI), Dennis Meadows, says a conviction in the case involving the fatal beating of 31 year-old Mario Deane will be an important signal that disregard for the human rights of citizens by agents of the State will not be tolerated.
However, he says a conviction will be dependent on the quality of evidence marshalled by the prosecution.
Meadows' comments come following the arrest and charge of three cops in relation to the beating of Deane.
Those charged are: Corporal Elaine Stewart of Cornwall Court; District Constable Juliana Clevon of Bogue Village; and District Constable Marlon Grant of Spring Mount all in St James. They were each charged with manslaughter, misconduct in a public office, and perverting the course of justice following an investigation by the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM).
They were each offered bail in the sum of J$400,000 with three sureties when they appeared in court last Friday. They are to return to court on October 3.
It is alleged that the three police officers were on duty at the Barnett Street police station at the time when Deane, who was in custody for being in possession of a ganja spliff, was denied bail and placed in the cell where he was later beaten.
It is alleged that Corporal Stewart gave instructions for the cell where Deane was beaten to be cleaned, before the arrival of investigators from INDECOM.
All three cops have denied the charges against them.
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