Cops probing reports that prisoner went on sexual escapades

Friday, April 13, 2018

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DIRECTOR of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Paula Llewellyn yesterday disclosed that the police are conducting a high-level probe into reports that convicted killer Michael McLean left prison on false writs at least 19 times to engage in sexual activity while he was awaiting trial.

“The matter did come to my attention. I did not get the figure 19, but I understand that the [police] high command, for some time now, has been doing an investigation into reports from civilians that certainly, on at least three occasions, it seems that [there were] irregularities in the system between the Correctional Department and the preparation of writ, and it seems that there is some substance in the investigation,” she said.

The DPP was speaking to reporters yesterday after McLean's sentencing hearing in the Home Circuit Court, where he was handed down 48 years in prison before being eligible for parole.

The 51-year-old businessman was sentenced by Justice Bertram Morrison to six life terms for slaughtering six members of a St Thomas family in 2006.

He was ordered to serve 60 years in prison before being eligible for parole, but will only serve 48 years — a reduction by 12 years for time served.

McLean, at the start of his trial, had reported that he had left his correctional facility 19 times and was taken to guest houses to engage in sexual activity with different women. The women, McLean claimed, included several teachers.

The convict also told the court that during the 12 years he was in custody he dated two teachers and a secretary.

McLean had also repeatedly called for the intervention of the Independent Commission of Investigations, claiming that he had evidence to prove that he had left the prison numerous times.

McLean's claim, which he had also reported to a psychiatrist, was noted by Justice Morrison.

The judge, who said he had also taken note of McLean's deportment, “including the accessories”, also scolded prison officials for allowing McLean to attend trial dressed in jewellery, which included bracelets, rings, a gold chain, and a watch.

“How can that be allowed?” he questioned.

“Something is lax or is facilitatory of that happening, and a stop has to be put to it. No wonder why people are fearful that you can reach them from your perch...” the judge continued.

“I hope the authorities will act on this expeditiously,” Justice Morrison added.

McLean was convicted on March 6 for killing of his girlfriend Terry-Ann Mohammed, her niece Patrice Martin-McCool, and children, Lloyd McCool, Jihad McCool, Sean Chin, and Jessie O'Gilvie.

— Tanesha Mundle

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