Mario Deane’s Mother Fights On, 5 Years After Son Beaten To Death In Police Custody


The mother of Mario Deane, who was beaten to death while in Police custody in 2014, is expressing frustration at the slow pace of the court matter. 

Marcia Fraser and human rights lobby group, Jamaicans for Justice, held a vigil in front of the Barnett Street Police Station in St James on Saturday, in memory of Mr. Deane.

Ms. Fraser says she’s frustrated. 

She says she’s forgiven those who’ve hurt her son. 

But Ms. Fraser says she’s yet to get justice. 

Marcia Fraser, mother of Mario Deane.

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

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

Stevian Simmonds is an investigative journalist with almost 3 years of experience in radio broadcasting, production and reporting. She graduated from Caribbean School of Media and Communication in 2014 and joined Nationwide News in 2016. In 2018, she produced a special report examining the working conditions of the Bussiness Process Outsourcing Industry. She worked undercover as a call center agent for a month, revealing the lack of data protection and general security infrastructure in the industry. Her report also highlighted the poor working conditions and remuneration faced by workers in the industry. In 2018, Stevian traveled to New Delhi India where she participated in the Inaugural WHO Partners Forum benefiting from critical training related to reporting on women’s and children’s health issues.

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