Cops Implicated in Mario Deane Killing Prepare to Mount Defense

The three police personnel charged in connection with the killing of then St James resident Mario Deane in 2014 have reserved their right to mount a defence.

The three rank and file members of the Constabulary implicated in Deane’s death are 50-year-old Corporal Elaine Stewart, 27-year-old District Constable Marlon Grant and 32-year-old District Constable Juliana Clevon.

All three were charged by the Independent Commission of Investigations, INDECOM, with manslaughter, perverting the course of justice, and misconduct in a public office.

On Friday, St James Parish Judge Sandria Wong-Small ruled that all three had a case to answer.

All three showed up in court Monday for the transferring of the case to the Circuit Court on September 18.

The accused police personnel have opted not to mount a defence at this time. They were each given bail in the sum of $400,000.

Deane was taken into police custody at the Barnett Street police station for the possession of a ganja spliff on Sunday, August 3, 2014.

However, he died three days later in hospital after receiving severe injuries to the head while in custody.

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