The Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) has issued a statement has reported that "Livity" Coke, the brother of confessed crime boss Christopher "Dudus" Coke was beaten by soldiers at the Remand Centre.
The JDF said Coke was among several inmates at the Horizon Adult Remand Centre who reportedly engaged in the throwing of water, food and faeces from their cell because they were being held under special conditions at the facility.
According to reports, a decision was taken to temporarily move the inmates from their cells in order to clean up the area. The force said some inmates protested that the movement was taking place during time normally reserved for recreational activities. A few inmates attempted to incite a larger demonstration by shouting to other inmates that any attempts to move them would be met with resistance.
The JDF further reported that when it was time to move Coke, he resisted and attempted to walk back to his original cell. "...Coke punched a JDF sergeant and a lance corporal in their faces, and wrested a baton from another. He then continued his violent resistance by wielding the baton at the soldiers. With the increased level of violence, soldiers themselves had to use batons to eventually restrain him," the release said.
After Coke was restrained, it was observed that he was bleeding. He was taken to the University of the West Indies hospital for precautionary x-rays where doctors determined that his injuries were sufficiently minor for him to return to the HARC.
The matter has been reported to the Independent Commission of Investigations.