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Velma Dean was bull buck and duppy conqueror, says prosecutor

Published:Wednesday | December 6, 2017 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett

A prosecutor yesterday declared that Velma Dean, the St Ann woman who is on trial, along with her husband and three adult sons for killing a mentally ill man, played the role of "bull buck and duppy conqueror" in the alleged attack.

But attorney-at-law Ernest Smith, who is representing Dean, her husband, Joseph, and their three sons, Jermaine, Richard, and Dwight, fired back at prosecutors, arguing that they have been caught in a "web of deception".

Sharon Millwood-Moore, lead prosecutor in the trial, suggested that Stanley McLean, 29, was stoned and then chopped to death over "a piece of electric wire" and said Velma Dean demonstrated her intention to ensure that July 6, 2007, was his last day alive during a conversation she had with his father the same day.

"She said to me, she going to kill him today. 'I mus' kill him today' and [she said] after she kill him, that is the only sin she has to pray for," Millwood-Moore said, quoting the testimony of McLean's father, Audley, about the conversation.

Millwood-Moore, in her closing address to the seven-member jury, cited, too, the testimony of a police constable who was early on the scene.

"A long time Stanley a mek trouble up yah. All him father haffi do now is bury him, an indication of the intention Mrs Dean had on the day," she said, while repeating the testimony of the constable.

"A piece of electrical wire is why we are here deciding a case of murder," said Millwood-Moore, who is also a deputy director of public prosecutions.

She pointed to the testimony of retired police sergeant Valmore Morgan that he instructed Velma Dean to wait at the Claremont Police Station after she came there to report that Stanley McLean had stolen a piece of electrical wire from her home.

"Velma Dean took on the role of bull buck and duppy conqueror and decided she was going to take matters into her own hands," Millwood-Moore argued.

... Mentally ill man set upon by mob - defence

But Smith, in his closing address, cited the testimony of the lead police investigator, Sergeant Clinton Brady that he was of the view that Stanley McLean was killed by an "angry mob" in the presence of his father, seven-year-old nephew and the five accused.

"His [Brady's] analysis was not saying that any of these persons [Dean family] took part in the killing," he insisted.

Smith also refuted Millwood-Moore's assertion that Stanley McLean was killed over a piece of electrical wire. He acknowledged that there was a dispute over electrical wire, but said the mentally ill man was set upon by an angry mob after he used a machete to chop Joseph Dean.

"When counsel [Millwood-Moore] tells you that this case is about a piece of wire, nothing could be further from the truth," he argued.

Justice Carol Lawrence Beswick, who is presiding over the trial, is expected to begin her summation to the jury today.