KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Police High Command are denying claims that officers at the Barnett Street Police lock-up beat an inmate who later died in hospital.
In a statement issued a short while ago, the police’s Corporate Communications Unit (CCU) said that 31-year-old Mario Deane of Rosemount Gardens, St James was arrested for possession of ganja, on Sunday, August 3 about 7: 15 am and was offered bail later that morning.
Deane allegedly refused to cooperate with the police and failed to provide the necessary bail requirements. In addition, a surety who was contacted also refused to cooperate with the police. Deane was subsequently taken back into custody, the CCU said.
The CCU said that about 11:30 am, prisoners alerted the police of a row in the lock-up involving Deane. He was found suffering from multiple injuries to his head and upper body. He was taken to the hospital by the police for treatment, but succumbed to the injuries on Wednesday, August 6.
The incident was referred to investigators from the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM), who are probing the matter, the CCU said. The CCU is insisting that based on the evidence of statements collected so far, indications are that the injuries were inflicted by fellow inmates.