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Prosecutors close case in Michael McLean trial

Published:Saturday | February 17, 2018 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Gleaner Writer

Prosecutors yesterday closed their case in the murder trial of Michael McLean, the man accused of killing four children and two women in St Thomas in 2006.

However, the trial was adjourned early as McLean's attorney, Carlton Colman, indicated in the Home Circuit Court that he was unable to commence the case for his client.

McLean is on trial for killing his girlfriend, Terry-Ann Mohammed; her son, Jessie O'Gilvie; as well as her aunt, Patrice Martin-McCool, and her children, Lloyd McCool, Jihad McCool, and Sean Chin on February 26, 2006.

The decomposing body of six-year-old Jihad McCool was found in a shallow grave in St Mary a week after the killings, and a post-mortem examination included among the evidence in the case has indicated that she was suffocated.

Four of the other victims were found in bushes near Prospect Beach in St Thomas with their throats slashed, while Mohammed's body was found in bushes in Needham Pen, also in the parish, with her throat slashed and burns all over her body.

A total of 12 witnesses gave evidence for the prosecution.

One of the main prosecution witnesses, retired Assistant Commissioner of Police Granville Gause, testified that McLean led investigators to the spot where Jihad's body was found.

Gause testified, too, that the accused killer voluntarily offered to lead detectives to the body in the presence of his then attorney.

The trial continues on Monday.