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Lawyer of multiple murder accused to make no-case submission today

BY TANESHA MUNDLE
Observer staff reporter
mundlet@jamaicaobserver.com

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

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THE attorney for Michael McLean, the man accused of killing six members of a family in St Thomas in 2006, is expected to make a no-case submission today in the Supreme Court.

The trial was adjourned yesterday for Carlton Colman to prepare the no-case submission after he requested time.

Colman was expected to start the defence's case yesterday after the prosecution closed its case last Friday, but he informed the judge that he was not yet ready as he was unable to make contact with the witnesses he intended to call.

McLean, a 50-year-old businessman and chef is being tried on six counts of murder for the deaths of his girlfriend, Terry-Ann Mohammed, 42; her son, Jessie O'Gilvie, nine; her niece Patrice Martin-McCool, 30; and her niece's children, Lloyd McCool, three, Jihad McCool, six, and Sean Chin, nine, between February 25 and 26.

Four of the victims were found on Prospect Beach in St Thomas with their throats slashed, while Mohammed was found in bushes in Needham Pen, also in St Thomas, with burns all over her body and her throat slashed.

The decomposing body of Jihad was found in a shallow grave in St Mary a week after the killings.

Five of the victims died as a result of wounds to the neck, while Jihad died from suffocation.

Since the start of the trial, the court has heard that McLean led investigators to the spot where Jihad's body was found and that he was last seen with Jihad and Mohammed in his car in St Thomas on the day before Mohammed's body was found.

However, McLean, in a caution statement which was accepted as an exhibit in the trial, told police that the victims were killed by armed men and that he was present when they were murdered but escaped unharmed.

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