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12-year-old murder case begins with testimony about obeah

Published:Thursday | February 1, 2018 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett/ Senior Gleaner Writer

A St Thomas woman yesterday recounted how she introduced Michael McLean, the man accused of hacking six members of two families to death in 2006, to a "spiritual leader" after he complained that he became ill after eating a meal of steamed fish prepared by one of the victims.

The woman was giving evidence as McLean's murder trial finally got under way in the Home Circuit Court, nearly 12 years after he was arrested and charged with killing two women and their four children in Duhaney Pen, St Thomas, in February 2006.

The witness, whose name is being withheld, revealed that she first accompanied McLean to see the "spiritual leader" in the community of Cottage Pen before they were advised to visit him at his home in Duckenfield later that same day.

She said that the "spiritual leader" looked at McLean's palm before warning that he saw a "whole heap a blood. And me nuh see no gun, enuh. Me only see some sharp knives," the woman recounted.

The witness said that the spiritual leader instructed the accused to "go look money carry come gi me mek me wuk some science fi you although you late."