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INDECOM says man killed in St James was not main witness in Mario Deane case

Published:Wednesday | April 25, 2018 | 10:45 AM
Mario Deane

The Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) says the man killed last Friday in John's Hall, St James was not the main witness in the Mario Deane case.

Twenty-four-year-old Fahdeal Ferguson was one of two men killed in a drive-by shooting.

In a statement, INDECOM said Ferguson was not the main witness in the case nor was he called to give evidence at the preliminary hearing.

INDECOM noted that he gave a statement to the investigative oversight body as part of the probe undertaken by the agency and the police.

INDECOM said it is in contact with the police regarding Ferguson's murder.

Ferguson was in custody at the Barnett Street Police Station on August 3, 2014, the day Deane was beaten inside a cell.

The 31-year-old construction worker died in hospital as a result of the injuries he sustained during the beating.

Arising from the incident, three police personnel - Corporal Elaine Stewart and district constables Juliana Clevon and Marlon Grant - were charged with manslaughter, misconduct in a public office, and perverting the course of justice.

Three inmates - Marvin Orr, Adrian Morgan, and Damion Cargill - were also charged.

The Mario Deane case progression, which has been hampered by various issues, including the failure of witnesses to appear in court, took an interesting twist earlier this year when defence lawyers asked the court to consider a no-case submission against cops.

That matter is slated to be addressed in court on May 4.

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