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McLEAN MURDER TRIAL: Accused denies killing 6 members of a St Thomas family

Published:Thursday | February 22, 2018 | 12:07 PM

Accused killer Michael McLean today denied any involvement in the killing of four children and two women in St Thomas in 2006.

McLean was giving evidence in his murder trial in the Home Circuit Court in downtown Kingston.

He told the court that the victims were his best friends and family and he did not kill them.

He was responding to questions from his attorney Carlton Colman asked as he led him through his evidence.

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

Four of the victims were found in bushes near Prospect Beach with their throats slashed while Mohammed’s badly burnt body was found in bushes in the community of Needham Pen.

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 testified that he has never physically abused Mohammed and described their relationship as good.

He said the children were like his own and they all called him daddy.

McLean is now being cross-examined by lead prosecutor Paula Llewellyn.