Increased security at Supreme Court for Michael McLean sentencing
Livern Barrett, Senior Gleaner Writer
The police have increased security around the Supreme Court in downtown Kingston as a judge gets ready to sentence Michael McLean, the man who slaughtered six members of a St Thomas family in 2006.
Armed and unarmed police personnel have been strategically placed inside and outside the main courtroom.
In addition, sources revealed a number of covert measures have been put in place to enhance security around the court.
Deputy Commissioner of Police Clifford Blake would not discuss the security measures.
However, he said it was standard operating procedure to increase security in high-profile cases.
"Where there are high-profile criminals or situations where there may be increased risks we always conduct an assessment and make additional deployment commensurate with the level of risk or threats," Blake told The Gleaner.
McLean has been convicted for killing his girlfriend, Terry-Ann Mohammed, her niece, Patrice Martin-McCool and their children, Lloyd McCool, Jihad McCool, Sean Chin and Jesse O'Gilvie in St Thomas in February 2006.
The bodies of five of the victims were found in bushes with their throats slashed.
The body of the sixth victim, 6-year-old Jihad, was found a week later in a shallow grave in St Mary.
McLean is to be sentenced shortly.
There are indications that relatives of the victims have travelled to Jamaica and are expected make a victim impact statement during the sentencing hearing.