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November 30 date for inmates in Mario Deane beating case

Published:Wednesday | November 11, 2015 | 12:00 AMChristopher Thomas

Western Bureau:

THE CASE against the three inmates accused of the beating death of Mario Deane last April has been set for mention on November 30, when the next sitting of the St James Circuit Court is scheduled to begin.

Resident Magistrate Sandria Wong-Small set the new court date when the case against Marvin Orr, Adrian Morgan, and Damion Cargill was mentioned in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court yesterday.

The court was told that the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions had recommended that the case should be mentioned on the date of the next scheduled opening of the Circuit Court, with a view for the matter to be dealt with there.

But attorney-at-law Trevor Ho Lyn, who is part of the defence team for the three men, objected to this on the grounds that Cargill was to have undergone a psychiatric evaluation to determine his fitness to stand trial, as he is a deaf-mute and mentally challenged.

"I believe one of the issues relating to attorney Franklin Haliburton's client, Mr Cargill, was that some sort of evaluation was to have been attempted ... , but we have been given no guidance," said Ho Lyn.

The case was subsequently put off until November 30, and all three defendants were remanded in police custody.

Cargill, Orr, and Morgan are charged in relation to Deane's death on April 6, 2014, following a beating Deane sustained at the Barnett Street police lock-up three days earlier.

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