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McLEAN MURDER TRIAL: Judge refuses to halt hearing, accused warns people will go down

Published:Monday | February 5, 2018 | 2:57 PM

Livern Barrett, Senior Gleaner Writer

A judge today refused to stop the trial of Michael McLean after the accused killer demanded to speak to the corruption watchdog group, National Integrity Action (NIA) and the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM).

McLean is on trial for the 2016 murder of two women and four children in St Thomas. 

"I need to turn over relevant evidence to them, INDECOM and the NIA," McLean told High Court judge Bertram Morrison in the Home Circuit Court.

"I have watched for 12 years as my character is assassinated. I have this and I want to turn it over to them," he said holding up an object in his hand.

But Morrison, in his response, pointed out that the case has been before the court a dozen times since April 2016.

Morrison had earlier ordered that McLean be removed from the dock and called for a recess as the accused put on another boisterous display demanding fairness. 

READ: Another boisterous display, accused demands INDECOM intervene 

"What I'm pointing out is that on several occasions the matter was before the court so you had opportunities to give INDECOM this document you say you have," Morrison said.

"The trial has started and the process must be allowed to be completed," the judge said, advising the accused to have his attorney Carlton Collman send the document to INDECOM.

McLean said he did not want his attorney's assistance before asking "why is the court afraid of the proof?".

Last week, McLean fired Collman in court, opting to represent himself because he did not feel the lawyer was doing a "good" job.

Collman had told the judge that he was withdrawing, but Morrison would not permit it, saying he should remain to provide technical legal assistance to McLean.

"A lot of people are going to go down," McLean said today, making reference to the evidence he claims to have.

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