Murder Case of Mario Deane Rescheduled

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St James, Jamaica (McKoy’s News) – Murder Case of Mario Deane Rescheduled: High Court Justice Vivienne Harris is to make a ruling on July 28 in relation to Damion Cargill, one of the three inmates charged in relation to the 2014 death of Mario Deane, who was brutally beaten while in police custody.

The judge is to decide whether or not Cargill will be sent to a State facility or allowed supervised care with his family.

Cargill, who is deaf, mute, and schizophrenic, was deemed unfit to enter a plea in a special hearing in the St. James Circuit Court on May 20.

Justice Harris was expected to make her ruling on Tuesday but Cargill’s attorney Franklyn Haliburton told media personnel on Tuesday that the High Court Judge has deferred the ruling against his client to allow her more time to consider all available options.

“The case is a little peculiar and what the law requires is very specific. And, her ladyship has to ensure that every ‘I’ is doted and every ‘t’ is crossed and that all the arrangements are in place. If all the arrangements are not in place, then her ladyship, and rightfully so, is not prepared to make the ruling. So, it is just a matter of taking the time. Exploring the options. Looking to see that all the arrangements for the treatment and supervision are in place,” said Halliburton.

“There are other aspects of the matter that need to be considered, including that of supervision by the probation office of Montego Bay; that is still outstanding, and as it stands, the judge is considering a range of options as prescribed by the law,”  Haliburton explained.

Halliburton also told reporters that the judge has the matter under review and that the defence bar would try to furnish the court with as much information as possible to assist the court in making her final ruling.

During the court proceedings on Tuesday, two medical experts – a consultant and a psychiatrist –sought to explain the treatment that would be required for Cargill.

Cargill, along with his fellow inmates Marvin Orr and Adrian Morgan, are accused of beating Mario Deane while they were all in custody at the Barnett Street Police Station on August 3, 2014.

Deane died at the Cornwall Regional Hospital three days later.

Three police personnel are also facing charges in connection with the incident.

Deane was arrested and held at the Barnett Street Police Station for the possession of a ganja spliff.

 


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