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'Livity' granted leave to see doctor

Published:Friday | April 27, 2012 | 12:00 AM

Barbara Gayle, Staff Reporter

The Supreme Court has granted an order for Leighton 'Livity' Coke, the brother of former Tivoli Gardens strongman Christopher 'Dudus' Coke, to be permitted to see a medical practitioner of his choice.

The order was made yesterday as a result of a suit Coke filed last month seeking compensation from the Government 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.

Justice Nicole Simmons granted the order for Coke to see a doctor. The judge said the order was subject to administrative matters of security and standard operating procedures that were in the sole purview of the commissioner of corrections who is a defendant in the suit.

The application was made in chambers by attorney-at-law Chukwuemeka Cameron, who was instructed by attorney-at-law Carolyn Reid Cameron.

Coke is claiming 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.

Hearing set for may 31

The first hearing for constitutional redress has been set for May 31 in chambers at 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.