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Mario Deane's mom sues State

Published:Thursday | October 15, 2015 | 12:00 AMBarbara Gayle
Mario Deane
Mercia Frazer

Mercia Frazer, the mother of Mario Deane, a 31-year-old construction worker, who died as a result of a brutal beating while in police custody, has filed a lawsuit against the Government.

Deane's death ignited much public outcry, with Jamaicans at home and abroad staging protests calling for justice.

The incident also forced the Government to revise its policy on police lock-ups as well as the law dealing with the possession of small quantities of marijuana.

Frazer, who is being represented by attorney-at-law Michael Lorne, is seeking compensation to include exemplary and aggravated damages.

Compensation is also being sought for malicious prosecution, false imprisonment and wrongful death as well as breaches of Deane's fundamental rights and freedoms under the Constitution.

Frazer is claiming that on or about August 3, 2014, members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), including Constable Ricardo Miles, District Constable Juliana Clevon, Corporal Elaine Stewart and District Constable Marlon Grant maliciously and without reasonable and probable cause prosecuted Deane for possession of marijuana.




She is further claiming that the members of the JCF falsely imprisoned her son, wrongly assaulted and beat him or caused him to be assaulted by other prisoners at the Barnett Street police lock-up in Montego Bay, St James.

Deane was pronounced dead at the Cornwall Regional Hospital on the afternoon of August 6, 2014.

The post-mortem revealed that death was due to craniocerebral damage secondary to blunt-force impact to the head and face.

The report also highlighted that compression of the neck consistent with repeated fist blows to head and face; persistent banging of head against a hard surface like a wall; and manual strangulation also contributed to Deane's death.

Three members of the JCF, who were on duty at the time of Deane's beating, are before the court on multiple charges, including manslaughter.