We wish to offer our sincere condolences to the family of Mario Deane, who died in the Cornwall Regional Hospital (CRH) as a result of injuries he received while in the custody of the Police.
There are conflicting reports as to how the deceased’s sustained those injuries, which included broken bones and a badly swollen head. So serious were these injuries that Mr. Deane succumbed.
Mr. Deane was taken into custody, reportedly over a ganja spliff he was said to have had in his possession. The incident occurred on Sunday.
Reports coming from the individual who went to bail the Mr. Deane, he was in good health during the process of being bailed. However, a statement uttered by Mr. Deane, prompted a female police officer to refuse the bail which was granted and to return him to a cell.
A few hours later, among conflicting stories, the deceased was taken to the CRH in an unconscious state with life threatening injuries to which he eventually succumbed.
Who is responsible? On what pretext did the police officer revoke the deceased’s bail? Does she have that right? Is life worth the possession of a single spliff of cannabis?
Was the deceased beaten by other prisoners as the police claimed, and, if so, why? Was he beaten by police officers because of his remark of not liking police?
The police do not have the right to beat any prisoner. Prisoners are people too, who are presumed innocent until proven guilty by a court of law.
The police should not to be judge, jury and executioner, their job are not to be arbiters of the law, merely its guardian.
We hope that the true story comes to the fore, so that Mr. Deane’s bereaved family and friends may find closure.