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Nagging questions in Dean conviction

Published:Saturday | February 24, 2018 | 12:00 AM


I am a Jamaican by birth living in the United Kingdom, and I must say that I am deeply saddened by the reported tragedies from Jamaica.

The Gleaner's report of February 21, 2018 on the sentencing of the St Ann-based Dean family to decades in prison for killing a mentally ill man seems very inconclusive, and vital information is missing. The Gleaner states, "The five were convicted last December for killing 29-year-old Stanley McLean ... ," but on what grounds?

The one piece of evidence from Audley McLean (Stanley's son) that may be construed as reliable was directed at Velma Dean, who allegedly chopped Stanley McLean repeatedly. However, no evidence showed that Stanley's body was examined or photographed to determine the number of chops he received, so that could have been falsified.

The only other reported allegation was that Audley McLean also testified that he saw Velma Dean directing "her children to stone the house where his son was hiding". Who threw the stones?

Other reports state that two of the sons were not present at the time of the incident. What damage was caused to the house by the stones? Was there a post-examination of Stanley's body that confirmed that he was hit by a stone or stones? Can anyone honestly sat justice was done at this trial?

Evidently, Stanley McLean is dead and was robbed of his right to live by someone, but honesty and justice must prevail. Unfortunately, I have no reason to believe that was done in this case.