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McLEAN MURDER TRIAL: Judge throws out no-case submission, accused takes the stand

Published:Tuesday | February 20, 2018 | 2:35 PM

Livern Barrett, Senior Gleaner Writer

High Court judge Bertram Morrison has ruled that accused killer Michael McLean must mount a defence at his murder trial now under way in the Home Circuit Court in downtown Kingston.

Carlton Colman, the attorney overseeing the proceedings on behalf of McLean had asked Morrison to find that prosecutors have not made out a case against the accused.

But after hearing the arguments, the judge threw out the application.

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

Four of the victims were found in bushes near Prospect Beach with their throats slashed.

Mohammed was found in bushes in Needham Pen with burns all over her body.

The decomposing body of the other victim, six-year-old Jihad McCool, was found in a shallow grave in St Mary one week later.

McLean is now giving sworn evidence in his own defence.

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