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Defendant in Mario Deane murder case to undergo evaluation

Published:Friday | July 17, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

DAMION CARGILL, one of the three inmates charged in the Mario Deane murder case, is to be taken for psychiatric evaluation in order to determine his fitness to submit a plea before the matter is next mentioned in court on September 18.

Resident Magistrate Carolyn Tie made the order when the case against Cargill and his co-accused, Marvin Orr and Adrian Morgan, was mentioned in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court on Friday.

It is understood that previous efforts to establish communication between a psychiatrist and Cargill had run into difficulty as Cargill is a deaf-mute and mentally challenged.

Cargill, Orr, and Morgan, who were not present during Friday's court sitting, are charged in relation to Mario Deane's death on April 6, 2014, following a beating Deane sustained at the Barnett Street lock-up three days earlier.

Orr and Morgan were arrested and charged following Deane's death, while Cargill was charged in April this year.