Profile of a killer — Part 2

Monday, April 16, 2018

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The following is the social enquiry report filed by the Department of Correctional Services in the Home Circuit Court before Justice B Morrison on Thursday April 12, 2018. It provides details of the social enquiry carried out by officers of the court to inform the case against 50-year-old Michael “Mikey” McLean who had been charged with the February 26, 2006 murder of Terry-Ann Mohammed and her family at Duhaney Pen, St Thomas. He was given six life terms and sentenced to 60 years before being eligible for parole, which has been reduced by 12 years for time served.

CIRCUMSTANCES OF OFFENCE

Reports are that on February 26, 2006 Mr Michael McLean murdered Terry-Ann Mohammed and her family at Duhaney Pen, St Thomas. Consequently, Mr McLean was arrested and charged with the offence of Murder. Upon his appearance in court, he was tried and found guilty for the abovementioned offence.

A social enquiry report was requested, however Mr McLean refused to be interviewed and no family members could be found to provide details of his upbringing. As such the information being presented was garnered from the community.

HOME

Prior to being in custody, Mr Michael McLean reportedly resided in a family-owned five bedroom concrete house with his partner and son. Investigations suggested that the dwelling had the necessary facilities attached to include electricity and water which has since been disconnected. Investigations also revealed that since the time of the incident, no one has resided at the dwelling.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Residents, who were familiar with the offender from childhood, reported that he grew up in a disciplined home as his parents were disciplinarians who ensured he did not loiter on the street.

Individuals shared that after he completed Seaforth High School he migrated to the United States of America but after a few years he returned. They later learned that he was charged with the being in possession of an offensive weapon and after serving his time, he was deported back to Jamaica.

At the time of his return, his parents and siblings were in the United States so he came back to the family home in Red Hills, Morant Bay, St Thomas. Citizens described him as one who was industrious, he ventured into the business world and started peddling vegetables and fruits and in addition, had a restaurant in the town of Morant Bay which they supported.

Community members opined that he lived peaceably within the community but had concerns about his display of anger towards his partner and the fact that she was seemingly always locked away in the house and would not respond to any visitor's call at the gate. Informants shared that they initially did not question the reason for such strangeness until the incident occurred. A community member said they remembered seeing Subject the day before the incident and there was nothing amiss with him and so the news of the murders the following day was shocking and alarming. Reportedly, his partner and his child were subsequently advised by the police to leave the home for fear of reprisals. Residents however have no knowledge of where they are now residing and stated that no family member has ever returned to the home.

COMMUNITY REPORT

The communities of Duhaney Pen and Red Hills Pen, St Thomas were visited as subject lived in Red Hills Pen with a spouse while he seemed to have frequented Duhaney Pen as a result of his relationship with one of his victims, Terry-Ann Mohammed. In Red Hills Pen, only a few older residents knew the offender whilst he lived there and could speak mostly to his upbringing and his relationship with his spouse. They informed that aside from his aggressive tone when speaking to his spouse and it appearing that she could not leave the home or speak to anyone, he was a respectful, ardent worker and a mature individual. Most of the residents in proximity of the home were however new to the area or younger in age and so had only heard of the offender as a result of the offences but did not know him.

The members of the Duhaney Pen community were reluctant to speak on the matter and those who shared their view did so with much anonymity stating their fear of the offender and his ability to do them harm even though he is in custody. They described Subject has a dangerous individual, one who uses his money to attract a number of women. They shared that women gave testimonials about the experiences they had when they were in a relationship with him. Such experiences they said included Mr Mclean beating them, dictating their movements each day, being locked in houses or in a barrel with holes for them to breathe and the fear he generated. They also spoke about a woman he had a relationship with, in a neighbouring community that went missing and whose whereabouts is still not known and speculated that this may be his doing as well.

Residents opined that Mr McLean's anger level was very intense and recalled an incident where a goat ran in his vehicle and how he became very angry. According to reports, Subject was not sure which goat it was that ran into his vehicle and so he held onto some goats in the community and slit their throats one by one. They shared that Mr. McLean should not see the light of day and that they would be saddened if he is given a short sentence. Some say he should be hung for what he did, especially in light of what he did to the innocent children.

INTERVIEW WITH FAMILY

Family members spoken with were still grief stricken about the loss experienced. Some participated in the interview while others refused to speak on the matter; either out of fear highlighting that the offender is dangerous and seem to have the ability to make demands from the lock up that could see more family members dying or because it was too emotionally unbearable to speak. Some asked that their names not be mentioned, again out of fear as they believe that even since being in custody he has caused the death of other family members through contract killing.

They shared that if they had lost their loved ones due to natural causes they would not have felt it so deeply but these losses, they shared, are complex and hard to live with because it was gruesome and it was done by someone they trusted. Ms Terry-Ann Mohammed had two young sons; one was about four years old while the other was about eight years old at the time of her murder. Her older son shared his strong beliefs that Mr McLean premeditated the event and to date is still angered by the way his mother was killed. He stated that the offender took his siblings, his cousins and his mother claiming he was taking them to a party and murdered them. Her youngest son, who was reportedly taken by his father after her death, is said to be confused about his mother's passing and family members are finding it difficult to explain to him the events that took his mother's life. It was revealed that both children are still being impacted greatly. The family indicated that every time they have to speak about the deaths they feel angry knowing that 'Mikey' had done this horrible injustice.

It was revealed that Mr Mclean and Ms Mohammed shared a visiting relationship for around five years. In addition, the perpetrator was her business partner as they operated a restaurant. Mr McLean was very arrogant towards the workers at all times to the point where they were afraid of him. Ms Mohammed's niece, one of the deceased, was also a worker at the restaurant but she was very outspoken especially when he would verbally or physically abuse her aunt. Mr McLean never liked her for that. The family thought that Ms Mohammed was afraid of the offender, to the point where even though other women shared with her how they got away from Subject when they were in a relationship, she continued in the abusive relationship with him. They reported that Mr McLean was physically and verbally abusive and would lock up Ms Mohammed in her room on several occasions whenever he was leaving the house.

A telephone interview was conducted with Ms Sandra Mohammed, Terry- Ann's sister, who shared that she never knew the offender well nor did she interact with him much because he was unpleasant but she had concerns about the relationship he shared with Terry-Ann and particularly the fact that he was a deportee. According to Sandra, occasionally there would be obvious signs of physical abuse on her sister; however, when questioned she would deny this seemingly out of fear of her abuser. She highlighted that the family is still being affected by the trauma and are still seeking answers to this evil act.

Relatives further shared that after the murders, they learnt that offender had a wife in St Mary, a girlfriend in Red Hills, St Thomas and another lady in Roselle, St Thomas that to date the family cannot find. The general consensus is that he should suffer a similar death like what he did to their family and wish the death penalty was an option. As it stands, they asserted that Subject spending the rest of his life in prison should be his fate.

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