By Tori Tulloch
Since the police-involved death of thirty-one-year-old Mario Deane in 2014, the journey of his case through the criminal justice system has taken more than six years. It is far from over. Below is a timeline of events up to September 4, 2020. The information is compiled from multiple sources.*
Sunday, August 3, 2014 (7:15am)
Police officers detain Mario Deane after a stop with the charge of possession of a ganja “spliff.”
August 3, 2014 (approximately 10am)
Deane calls his mother, Mercia Frazer, from lockup at Barnett Street. His friend, Castel McKenzie, arrives at the jail to arrange his bail processing.
Deane makes a comment expressing his frustration with the police treatment and his release is inexplicably stopped and moved to 5pm.
August 3, 2014 (approximately 3pm)
McKenzie is told that Deane has been admitted to Cornwall Regional Hospital (emergency). He informs Deane’s family.
August 4, 2014
Deane’s family makes multiple attempts to get him admitted to intensive care at St Ann’s Bay and Kingston Public Hospital but he is instead moved to Cornwall’s ward.
August 6, 2014 (10am)
Unconscious and in critical condition, Deane dies from his injuries at Cornwall Regional Hospital. His friend, Castel McKenzie, is told he was assaulted by fellow prisoners. His family is told that after changing lockup locations, he was injured after falling off a bunk. The story then becomes that he was beaten by inmates.