A September 18 mention date has been set for the case of two men charged with the murder of St. James resident, Mario Deane, who died three days after being severely beaten while in police custody.
The men charged with Deane’s murder are 25-year-old Adrian Morgan and 35-year-old Marvin Orr.
Their case came up in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate Court for the first time today.
Only one of the accused – Marvin Orr – was in court.
The other accused was absent as he was in Kingston receiving psychiatric evaluation.
It was revealed today that Orr, suffers from schizophrenia and substance abuse.
He’s presently on charges of burglary and larceny, malicious destruction of property, resisting arrest and possession of ganja.
Morgan – who also has mental health issues – is on charges of possession of ganja, burglary and malicious destruction of property.
Those were the charges that landed them in custody at the Barnett Street Police Station, where Mr. Deane was beaten.
Meanwhile, Morgan’s mother, Lorna Williams, says a missing person’s report was made to the Whitehouse Police in Westmoreland, for her son, on July 27.
She said she did not know his whereabouts until news came of him being charged with Mr. Deane’s murder.
Our correspondent says a large but peaceful crowd gathered throughout the day outside the court.
Mr. Deane – a 31 year-old construction worker – was taken into custody for possession of a ganja spiff on Sunday, August 03.
Mr. Deane, who received severe injuries to the head, died three days later on Independence Day in Hospital.
His killing has caused national outrage.