48 more years behind bars for multiple murder convict, Michael McLean
St Thomas businessman, Michael McLean, who was on March 6 convicted of murdering six members of a family in the parish in 2006, was on Thursday sentenced to life in prison on each count in the Home Circuit Court.
The terms of his sentencing mean that he will serve the rest of his natural life behind bars.
The 50-year-old McLean, a chef by profession, will have to serve 20 years before being eligible for parole consideration on some of the convictions.
But there is a sharp twist, as the judge ordered that he must serve 60 years on the first three counts. This means that the 12 years that he has already served will be subtracted from the 60 years, leaving him to serve another 48 years behind bars before he can be considered for parole, at which time he would be 98 years old.
The other three sentences are to run concurrently to the first three.
McLean addressed the court on Thursday morning before he was sentenced, and he was as defiant as he was during his five-week trial.
He charged that he was not given a fair trial, and claimed that an innocent man was being sent to prison.
He also accused the presiding judge, Justice Bertram Morrison, of not being fair.
McLean also claimed that a lot of individuals were paid off, and likened his trial to what obtains in a ‘kangaroo court’.
“You all talk about me like I am a beast or something. None a you all don't know me,” he remarked.
On March 6, a seven-member jury returned a unanimous guilty verdict five weeks after McLean went on trial for the February 2006 murders of two women and four children – his girlfriend, Terry-Ann ‘Teeny’ Mohammed; her son, eight-year-old Jesse O’Gilvie; along with Mohammed’s niece, Patrice Martin-McCool and her children, six-year-old Jihad McCool, three-year-old Lloyd McCool, and nine-year-old Sean Chin.
McLean has consistently declared himself innocent of the charges.