McLEAN MURDER TRIAL: Judge threatens to restrain boisterous accused
Damion Mitchell, Integration Editor
High court judge Bertram Morrison this morning threatened to impose restraint for Michael McLean, the St Thomas man on trial in the Home Circuit Court for the murder of six people in St Thomas 12 years ago.
"If you persist with that behaviour I'm going to ask that they muzzle you," Morrison said shortly after the start of the sitting as McLean rose in the dock shouting towards the bench.
The judge had earlier asked the jurors to leave the room to hear concerns McLean said he wanted to raise.
McLean's outburst would grow louder, claiming that for the 12 years he has been in custody, his character has been assassinated and he wanted to speak.
He said his lawyer, Carlton Collman was not doing a good job and so he would be representing himself.
"You are aware that Mr Collman was appointed to represent you?" Morrison asked.
"Not appointed, I paid him!" McLean shouted.
"I withdraw," Collman said.
But Morrison said he would not allow the defence counsel to withdraw at this point.
Instead, he asked Collman to remain to assist McLean with the technical legal matters.
McLean would continue saying that he had a memory card with evidence he wished to turn over to the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM).
He also made a series of allegations against the director of public prosecutions Paula Llewellyn accusing her of calling his family and making unfavourable comments.
Llewellyn denied the allegations.
As McLean made the charges, his temperament intensified.
"I'm warning you!" Morrison interjected.
"Can I speak now?" McLean shouted.
"I'm warning you," Morrison repeated.
"Jesus Christ!" McLean replied, turning his back to the judge.
He also told the judge that he did not expect a fair trial and so he should be removed from the case.
"I'm not your kid, I don't have to listen to you!" McLean said as he demanded that the judge be removed.
"He has to be restrained now," Morrison said.
By then a woman police inspector mounted the dock and a male cop stood nearby.
The judge then called for a policeman to mount the dock.
At that point, McLean eventually became calm and no further action was taken.
Earlier during his tirade, McLean said the six people he is accused of murdering were killed for money and drugs.
He also explained why he wanted to get INDECOM involved.
"I have been under high security for 12 years. I dated two teachers and one secretary in the 12 years," he said noting that he visited several guest houses and he had the evidence on a memory card, which he wished to turn over to INDECOM.
The trial is now continuing with McLean cross-examining a woman who testified yesterday.