Police probing claims murder accused left prison 19 times to have sex at Kingston guest houses
Livern Barrett, Senior Gleaner Writer
Director of Public Prosecutions Paula Llewellyn has confirmed that a high-level police investigation is underway into reports that murder convict Michael McLean was able to leave his high-security prison several times to engage in sexual activities while he awaited trial.
McLean, 50, was today given six life sentences for slaughtering six members of a St Thomas family in 2006.
He has been ordered to serve 60 years in prison before he becomes eligible for parole but effectively, should serve another 48 years since he has been in custody for the past 12 years.
Throughout his murder trial, McLean repeatedly requested to speak with officials at the Independent Commission of Investigations, saying he wanted to hand over proof that during the 12 years he was in custody awaiting trial he was taken to several guest houses on 19 occasions to have sex with various women.
"In the 12 years I have been in custody I have dated two teachers and a secretary," McLean on the second day of the trial.
Llewellyn, said police investigators are trying to determine the accuracy of the claims.
IN PHOTO: Multiple murder convict Michael McLean being escorted into a police vehicle to be taken to prison to serve his life sentences - Norman Grindley photo
"The police are conducting a thorough investigation into reports that had surfaced that he was able to leave one of the correctional institutions without the proper documentation,” she said.
Justice Bertram Morrison, in handing down sentence, also blasted prison authorities.
Morrison revealed that during the trial he took note of McLean’s deportment, “including the accessories” he wore to court.
"How can that be allowed?" he questioned.
"Something is laxed or is facilitatory of that happening and a stop has to be put to it. I hope the authorities will act on this expeditiously," he continued.
McLean often wore what appeared to be gold chains and rings to his trial.
In March, he was convicted for February 2006 killing of his girlfriend Terry-Ann Mohammed, her niece, Patrice Martin McCool, and their children, Lloyd McCool, Jihad McCool, Sean Chin and Jessie O’Gilvie.