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It was not a mob killing - Father of mentally ill man insists son was killed by St Ann family

Published:Thursday | November 30, 2017 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

The father of the mentally ill man who was allegedly chopped to death by members of a St Ann family in 2007 has insisted that his son was not killed by a mob of angry residents from the community.

Audley McLean was giving evidence during a sometimes testy cross-examination as the murder trial of Velma Deans, her husband, Joseph, and their three children - Jermaine, Dwight, and Richard - continued in the Home Circuit Court yesterday.

They are on trial for killing Stanley McLean, 29, a mentally-ill man whose body was found in Coltart Grove, St Ann, on July 6, 2007, with 13 blunt force and other injuries.

Justice Carol Lawrence Beswick, who is presiding over the trial, revoked bail for all five accused despite a plea for compassion by their attorney, Ernest Smith, and ordered that they be taken into custody.

On Monday, the elder McLean gave evidence detailing how he saw Velma Deans, her husband, and children corner his son inside a house and chop him repeatedly before using a piece of rope to drag his body into the streets.

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

 

CHALLENGED ACCOUNT

 

Yesterday, Smith challenged McLean's account, accusing him of deliberately misleading the court.

"You know that is a mob kill your son and you come to court and blame the Dean family," the attorney said in one of the exchanges between them.

"You telling the lie, Sir, 'bout mob of people [kill Stanley]. Nothing nuh go so. A di Deans family ... a dem a di mob," the elderly man insisted.

Smith also confronted McLean with the transcript of his testimony in the St Ann Resident Magistrate Court in 2008 during a preliminary hearing in the case.

"'I was saying to them, 'Leave him alone. Let me see if I can go in there, catch him and tie him up and tek him to the doctor'. You recalled saying that to the judge [in the St Ann Resident Magistrate Court in 2008]?" the attorney questioned.

"Not a thing nuh go so. Lie!" McLean replied.

livern.barrett@gleanerjm.com