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'Livity' files Supreme Court suit for alleged beating

Published:Friday | April 20, 2012 | 12:00 AM

Barbara Gayle, Staff Reporter

Leighton 'Livity' Coke, the brother of former Tivoli Gardens strongman Christopher 'Dudus' Coke, has filed a suit in the Supreme Court seeking compensation for the alleged beating he received from soldiers at the Horizon Adult Remand Centre earlier this year.

Coke and about five high-risk prisoners have claimed they were severely beaten by the soldiers.

Coke is claiming that his constitutional rights were breached as a result of the beatings and that inhumane treatment has been meted out to him since his incarceration.

He is asking for several declarations and is also contending that there is no provision in law for the soldiers to be taking over the role of correctional officers.

Attorneys want video release

Coke's lawyers, Carolyn Reid Cameron and Chukwuemeka Cameron, have applied to the court for the commissioner of corrections to release video footage and documents, including the prisoner punishment book.

They also want a medical doctor to visit Coke and assess his living condition.

The application has been set for hearing on April 27 in chambers at the Supreme Court.

Coke's first hearing for constitutional redress is scheduled for May 31 in the Supreme Court.

The respondents in the suit are the commissioner of corrections, the chief of staff of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF), the Ministry of National Security and the attorney general.

The JDF has said Coke received his injuries while being restrained after he attacked three soldiers.

Coke has been in custody since July 2010 facing charges of shooting with intent and illegal possession of firearm. He will know his fate on May 7 when Justice David Fraser hands down the verdict in the Gun Court.

It is being alleged that he fired shots at the police during the unrest in west Kingston in May 2010 when the police went in search of his brother in relation to a warrant for extradition to the United States.