Man in custody for eight years awaiting trial, no legal representation
The man charged in connection with the brutal murder of six members of a family in St Thomas in February 2006 has still not retained legal representation.
The accused, 41-year-old Michael McLean, has been in custody for the last eight years awaiting trial.
When the matter was called up in the Home Circuit Court last Friday the case would not proceed because McLean was not brought to court.
The court was also informed that the accused had not yet settled his legal representation.
Last July attorney-at-law Zephaniah Forest who was representing the accused for two years got permission to withdraw from the case.
The court later offered McLean legal aid assignment but he refused the offer.
The case has been set for mention on January 9 next year.
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