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  • The family of Adrian Morgan, one of the persons charged in the murder of Mario Deane, has received legal assistance from the Legal Aid Council.
  • Morgan allegedly shared a cell with Mario Deane, and was transferred to the St. Catherine Adult Correctional Centre on Saturday, August 9, 2014. Until that time, his family had not seen him.
  • Experienced counsel, Mr. Clive Mullings, has been engaged to represent Morgan on the 18th of September when he will face the Resident Magistrates Court in Montego Bay, St. James.

The family of Adrian Morgan, one of the persons charged in the murder of Mario Deane, has received legal assistance from the Legal Aid Council.

Morgan allegedly shared a cell with Mario Deane, and was transferred to the St. Catherine Adult Correctional Centre on Saturday, August 9, 2014. Until that time, his family had not seen him.

“The Legal Aid Council intervened and arranged for Mr. Morgan’s mother, Lorna Williams and sister, Opal Morgan to visit him on Friday, August 15, 2014,” stated Executive Director of the Legal Aid Council, Hugh Faulkner.

He further added that experienced counsel, Mr. Clive Mullings, has been engaged to represent Morgan on the 18th of September when he will face the Resident Magistrates Court in Montego Bay, St. James. The Legal Aid Council will also underwrite the cost of expert professional or forensic assistance during the preliminary enquiry.

He continued – “We would like to remind members of the public that once you have been detained in police custody or arrested, you have the right to a lawyer and that there are no costs attached for any service provided under the Duty Counsel scheme. A Duty Counsel, once assigned to you, will attend the place where you are being detained and give legal advice. The Duty Counsel will also attend an identification parade, if one is held. In addition, the Duty Counsel will make bail application on your behalf and appear for you on the first appearance in court. It is important to note that during the Question and Answer Session, an attorney must be present, as a Justice of the Peace will not suffice.”

“All persons in court for criminal matters (other than for those offences which are excepted) are entitled to an Attorney-at-Law from the commencement of the matter to its conclusion. In the last financial year 2,749 duty counsel assignments were made to assist members of the public, and we have the capacity to help more persons”, added Mr. Faulkner.

The Legal Aid Council is a statutory entity under the Ministry of Justice, with the mandate of administering an efficient and coordinated legal aid system in Jamaica. The public can contact the Legal Aid Council at 948-6999 or 948-7275 at 72 Harbour Street, Kingston or the Kingston Legal Aid Clinic, 131 Tower Street, 922 – 3792 or the Montego Bay Legal Aid Clinic 42b Union Street, 952-2183.