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McLean Murder trial: Pathologist outlines cause of death for St Thomas six

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — The trial of Michael McLean this morning heard that Jihad McCool, the six-year-old girl who was among six family members murdered in 2006, was smothered to death and was found with her eyes bulging and tongue protruding through her teeth.

"The hands were placed on the nose and mouth and pressed for two to three minutes," Consultant Forensic Pathologist Dr S L Prasad Kadiyala explained during his testimony this morning in the Supreme Court.

According to the expert witness, the bruises that were found on the child's tongue and lower lips showed that she died from suffocation and not as a result of being buried in a shallow grave.

Meanwhile, DrKadiyala also testified that the other five victims died as a result of sharp force wound to their neck, which is consistent with a knife, a chopper or any other sharp cutting weapon.

Additionally, the pathologist told the court that based on the wounds, the victims were unable to put up a fight.

The victims were killed between February 25 and 26, 2006.

Terry-Ann Mohammed was found with chop wounds to the neck and six degree burns to sections of her body including vagina, belly, arm, chest, thigh and neck, while her niece 30-year-old Patricia McCool was also found with chop wounds to neck and a deep stab wound to right and lower back.

Jessie Ogilvie, 9, Sean Chin, 9 and 3-year-old Lloyd McCool were also found with chop wounds to their necks.

Tanesha Mundle

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