Monday 27 January, 2020

Sentencing of deadly family members postponed until February 21

The sentencing of the five members of the Dean family who were convicted for the vicious murder of a mentally-ill man last December, was on Friday postponed for a second time in the Home Circuit Court.

Sentencing for Velma Dean, her husband, Joseph, and their three adult sons - Dwight, Jermaine and Richard, has now been set for February 21.

On an earlier occasion this month, sentencing was postponed because Joseph Dean was ill, and was unable to attend court.

The five were convicted of the murder of 29-year-old Stanley McLean at his home in Claremont, St Ann on July 6, 2007.

McLean’s elderly father, Audley, testified that he saw Velma Dean lead her family members to his son’s house after accusing him of removing a piece of electrical wire from her premises.

Evidence was given at the trial that after raining stones on McLean’s house, Velma Dean entered the room in which McLean was seen cowering in a corner, and proceeded to inflict multiple chop wounds to his body.

She then instructed her sons to tie his feet, before dragging his body into the street at the front of his house.

Dean has, however, professed innocence.

Having been convicted on the capital charge, the family members face life in prison.

Attorney Ernest Smith, who represents the Deans, has given notice of his intention to appeal the convictions.

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