Mario Deane’s Family Says No To Government’s Offer To Assist With Burial

Mario Deane’s family plans fund-raiser to meet burial expenses

Relatives of Mario Deane, who died on
August 6 from wounds received in a vicious mauling while in the custody
of the police on August 3, have snubbed an offer from the Jamaican
Government to pay for his funeral expenses.

Miguel Lorne, the attorney representing the interests of Deane’s
relatives, told the sources that the State should admit its
culpability before any deal can be inked.

Miguel Lorne, the attorney representing the interests of Deane’s
relatives, told sources that the State should admit its
culpability before any deal can be inked.

“The family has decided to refuse that offer. The Jamaican Government
has not accepted responsibility for Mario Deane’s death. It is a matter
of principle, we can’t accept that offer,” Lorne said.

Deane’s funeral is planned for Saturday, September 21, and the family
has planned a walk in Montego Bay to raise money to pay for his funeral
expenses.

Deane’s mother, Mercia Frazer, said she was contacted by People’s
National Party caretaker for North West St James, Henry McCurdy, who
offered assistance on behalf of the Government, but rejected the offer
because she did not feel good about the Government’s handling of the
situation.

“At this point we are not accepting help from [the Government] because I
really don’t understand what they are doing. I sat with my family and
we decided we are not going to accept any assistance at this point;
maybe further down, but not at this point. We put it to our lawyer and
he agreed with our decision,” Frazer, said.

“We have not raised much to bury Mario, as it stands now we don’t have a
lot. By Saturday we might be able to tell if we have enough, but right
now we just don’t know…,” said Frazer.

Lorne said an account had been opened to allow members of the public who
want to make donations to assist the bereaved relatives.

The account number is 823837, Bank of Nova Scotia Negril. The account was opened in the name of Deane’s mother, Mercia Frazer.

“Donations can be made at any Scotiabank in Jamaica,” Lorne said.

Deane died on Independence Day after suffering a brutal mauling while
inside the Barnett Street Police Station, allegedly by fellow inmates.

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