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St Thomas murder accused stays in jail

Tanesha Mundle

Saturday, November 19, 2011    

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MICHAEL McLean, a prison inmate accused of orchestrating the murder of two women from behind bars, was Wednesday remanded into custody along with his co-accused Brenda Shaw when they appeared in the Gun Court section of the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court.

McLean who was also charged for the 2006 brutal slaying of a family of six in St Thomas, was brought to court under heavy police/military guard in connection with the shooting deaths of Mishca Fisher, 18, and Avian Marsden who were killed, execution style, last year, along Whitehall Avenue in St Andrew.

He is charged with two counts of murder and conspiracy to murder.

His co-accuseds, Melville McIntosh and Saskio Sammond, who are charged with murder and conspiracy to murder, had their bails extended after the matter was rescheduled for mention on December 7.

The crown is alleging that McLean ordered the killing of the women from his cell at the Tower Street Adult Correctional Centre where is serving a three-year sentence for a sex offence.

According to allegations, the two women were travelling in a vehicle driven by McIntosh when they were dragged from the vehicle by armed gunmen and killed after the vehicle stopped along Whitehall Avenue.

Shortly after the murder, McIntosh, Sammond and Shaw who is Fisher's mother, were implicated in the matter.

The killing of the women reportedly stemmed from the September 19, 2010 killing of police constable Otis Barrett in Linstead, St Catherine. The lawman was found dead in a house, after spending the night with Marsden.

Investigators say that Marsden, who was under investigation, had visited McLean, following the murder of the policeman. The police have since theorised that McLean ordered the killing of the policeman and he was also charged with the policeman's death.

In the meantime, McLean is awaiting trial for the death of six family members — 42-year-old businesswoman Terry-Ann Mohammed, 29-year-old clerk Patrice Martin McCool and her children Jessie Ogilvie, nine, Sean Chin, eight, Jhaid McCool, six, and Lloyd McCool, aged three — in St Thomas.

The Crown is alleging that the six deceased, who were relatives of McLean's girlfriend, were murdered between February 25 and 26, 2006. Some of the deceased were chopped to death and, in some cases, their throats were slashed.

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