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Men charged with hotelier's murder set free

Published:Tuesday | May 15, 2012 | 12:00 AM

The three men who were charged with the murder of hotelier Sandra McCleod were yesterday freed after Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Paula Llewellyn decided not to prosecute the case.

The Court was told that there was insufficient evidence to substantiate the charge.

The men are hotelier Michael Grandison, hotel manager Peter Bandoo and contractor Desmond Blair.

McCleod was found strangled in a computer room at the Merrill's Beach Resort in Negril on June 5, 2005.

She had gone there to conduct a meeting.

At that time, there was a civil suit involving McCleod and Grandison pending in the courts.

The three men were arrested and charged following the murder.

The case was transferred from the Westmoreland Circuit Court to the Mandeville Resident Magistrate's Court.

The men were represented by attorneys-at-law George Soutar, Dwight Reece and Marcus Greenwood.

Senior Deputy DPP Caroline Haye appeared for the Crown.