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Multiple-murder accused blamed gunmen for scratches on girlfriend's neck

Observer staff reporter

Saturday, February 24, 2018

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Two-and-a-half weeks before six members of a family were killed in St Thomas in 2006, Michael McLean and one of the victims, who was his girlfriend, made a report to the police that they were held up by gunmen who had raped her.

Mclean, who is being tried for murder in relation to the deaths of the six relatives, went to the Morant Bay Police Station on February 1, along with Terry-Ann Mohammed who was observed with scratches to her neck.

But Inspector Elsa Hall, in her statement, which was read yesterday during the trial, noted that McLean did all of the talking, as each time she asked Mohammed a question, it was answered by the accused. As a result, the inspector said she stopped questioning Mohammed.

However, the inspector said that McLean told her that on January 30 he went to pick up his girlfriend when man held a gun to his head and told him to go inside his car.

She said McLean then told her that he saw a car on the Spring Garden taxi stand as well as two men who approached his girlfriend and put guns to her head before he saw her going into the car.

McLean said that the man who had held the gun to his head came and sat beside him in his car and told him to drive and not look back, but that the car with Mohammed was driving behind him.

According to the accused, he drove into a cane field and stopped and was a little distance from the other car when he heard Mohammed bawling.

Inspector Hall, in her statement, said McLean told her that the men raped Mohammed, kicked him in his testicles and he was in pain.

The officer said she saw several scratches on Mohammed's neck and when she asked her about them McLean blamed the men.

She said she also asked Mohammed if she was wearing jewellery, but McLean told her that the men grabbed them off.

The court also heard that McLean told the officer that the men stole $96,000 that he had on him to pay his lawyer.

However, the inspector said that McLean refused to report the theft to the police station's criminal investigative branch as he said the men had warned him that they would kill him if he reported that matter.

The accused, during his sworn testimony earlier this week, had indicated that he made a report to the police two-and-a-half weeks before the victims were killed, notifying them of the threat on family members' lives.

But it was not mentioned in Inspector Hall's statement that the accused had informed her of threats on the lives of Mohammed and her relatives.

Also, a witness, who was Mohammed's neighbour, previously testified that Mohammed told him that McLean was the one who had caused the scratches to her neck.

McLean, however, had denied ever hitting Mohammed.

Inspector Hall's statement was one of three that were read into evidence yesterday. The other two pertained to the scene of crime reports that were done in Prospect and Needham Pen where the bodies were found.

Mohammed and her nine-year-old son, Jesse Ogilvie, along with her niece, Patrice Martin-McCool, and her children, Lloyd McCool, Jihad McCool, and Sean Chin were all killed in St Thomas between February 25 and 26.

Mohammed's badly burnt body was found in bushes in the community of Needham Pen, while the bodies of Patrice Martin-McCool and her children were found with their throats slashed in bushes near Prospect beach in the parish. The decomposing body of the other victim, six-year-old Jihad McCool, was found in a shallow grave in St Mary one week later.

The defence will continue its case on Monday when the trial resumes.




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