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INDECOM concerned about lengthy lock-up period for inmate in deadly Savanna-la-Mar brawl

Published:Wednesday | December 3, 2014 | 1:23 PM

Assistant Commissioner of the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) Hamish Campbell says one of the inmates involved in the brawl which left two persons dead yesterday, had been at the police lock-up since 2012.

The incident occurred at the Savanna-la-Mar Police lock-up in Westmoreland yesterday morning.

The police say the dead men are among three inmates who were attacked by men from another cell about 7 a.m. while taking a shower.

The third man is still in hospital undergoing treatment for his injuries.

According to Commissioner of Police, Dr Carl Williams, the deceased inmates and the injured man were all charged for murder.

He says two were remanded by court for the charges, while the third was offered bail but could not take up the offer.

However, INDECOM’s Assistant Commissioner is expressing concern at the length of time some of the inmates had been in the lock-up.

He says INDECOM has been closely monitoring the length of time spent at police lock-ups especially since the death of 31-year-old construction worker Mario Deane earlier this year.

Campbell says police lock-ups are not built to hold inmates for an extended period of time.

He says he believes that persons remanded by the courts should not be left at these facilities to await their trials.


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