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Court begins hearing 'Livity' Coke case for compensation for prison beating

Published:Monday | January 27, 2014 | 7:37 PM

KINGSTON, Jamaica:

The Constitutional Court today began hearing the lawsuit lawsuit brought against the State by Leighton ‘Livity’ Coke, the brother of former Tivoli Gardens crime lord Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke.

Coke is seeking compensation for the alleged beating he received from soldiers at the Horizon Adult Remand Centre last year.

Today, Coke was cross-examined in relation to his affidavit.

Attorney-at-law Althea Jarrett, who is representing the Government, suggested to him that it was not true that he and other prisoners were forced to live in their excrement for a month.

He denied the suggestion.

Jarrett also suggested that it was not true that he did not have water to flush his toilet.

In denying the suggestion, 'Livity' said, on many occasions he and other prisoners would only get water if it was provided by soldiers.

The lawyer suggested to him that the only time he and his fellow inmates did not have water was when they threw water on the corridor or when they threw water to disable the security camera.

He said that was not true.

'Livity' also denied suggestions that there were no maggots in cells.

He also maintained that he did not get to shower every day.

The matter continues tomorrow when a video footage is expected to be shown.


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