McLEAN MURDER TRIAL: Accused testifies that two victims were involved in drug running
Accused murderer Michael McLean has testified that two of the persons he is alleged to have killed were drug dealers.
McLean testified that around the time the two women were killed, they were in talks with two men who were making arrangements to bring a large quantity of cocaine into Jamaica.
The St Thomas businessman was giving evidence in his murder trial in the Home Circuit Court after presiding judge, Justice Bertram Morrison ruled that prosecutors had presented sufficient evidence for him to state his defence.
McLean is on trial for killing his girlfriend Terry-Ann Mohammed, her aunt, Patrice McCool and their four children, Lloyd McCool, Jihad McCool, Jessie O’Gilvie and Sean Chin, in February 2006.
Four of the bodies were found in bushes near Prospect Beach in St Thomas with their throats slashed while Mohammed’s badly burnt body was found in bushes in the community of Needham Pen, also in St Thomas.
The decomposing body of the other victim, six-year-old Jihad McCool, was found in a shallow grave in St Mary a week later.
McLean testified that a day before the two women were killed, he accompanied McCool to the community of Lyssons where she met with two men whom he described as their best customers.
He says after the meeting she told him that the men informed her that a shipment containing several kilograms of cocaine was to arrive in the island soon.