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Gruesome family killing! - Father recounts how family of 5 repeatedly chopped his mentally-ill son to death

Published:Tuesday | November 28, 2017 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

A frail, elderly father yesterday gave evidence detailing how a St Ann woman, her husband and their three children cornered his mentally ill son inside a house in the parish and chopped him repeatedly until he died, before using a piece of rope to drag his body into the streets.

Audley McLean said he watched as Velma Deans directed two of her children to place the bloodied body of his son, Stanley, before the gate "and start chopping again".

"She chop him in him chest and all over," the elder McLean recounted.

"You saw that?" presiding judge Justice Carol Lawrence Beswick questioned.

"I didn't see when they were tying him, but I saw when they were taking him out of the house," he replied.

The elderly man was giving evidence in the Home Circuit Court in downtown Kingston, as Deans, her husband, Joseph, and their three sons - Jermaine, Richard and Dwight - went on trial for killing Stanley McLean in Claremont, St Ann, in 2007.

The elder McLean, who said he was receiving dialysis treatment for his failing kidneys, was too weak to make it to the witness stand and had to be assisted by police personnel to a chair placed at the front of the courtroom, from where he was allowed to give evidence.

He recounted that he was at home on July 6, 2007 when a car carrying Velma Deans and two of her sons pulled up to his gate. McLean said she asked for his son, but he told her he did not know where Stanley was.

 

'I MUSS KILL HIM TODAY'

 

"She said to me she going to kill him today. 'I muss kill him today' and after she kill him, that is the only sin she has to pray for," he recalled her telling him.

McLean said moments later, a man who had accompanied the family climbed on to the roof of Stanley's house and saw him inside. He said the man informed Velma Deans and immediately "they started fling stones pan di house.

"Dem fling stones until dem lick out the windows and mash dung the front door," he said, explaining how they gained entry to the house.

"Who and who were flinging stones?" asked prosecutor Sharon Millwood-Moore as she led McLean through his evidence.

"Jermaine [Deans] and his two brothers up there so," the father replied, while pointing to the accused.

The elderly man said he went over to his son's house and saw him "hitch up inna one corner and I saw Miss Deans stand up over him with a cutlass. She was chopping him with the cutlass ... chopping him in his chest and all over," McLean stated.

He said he returned to his house and heard Velma Deans call for a rope. According to him, the rope was tied to Stanley's feet and used to "draw him outta di house".

"You saw that?" Lawrence Beswick asked again.

"Yes, ma'am," he replied.

The trial continues today, but McLean is to continue his evidence on Wednesday.

livern.barrett@gleanerjm.com