A blood sacrifice by a man who believed in Obeah is being suggested as the motive that led to the gruesome death of six people in St. Thomas in 2006.
That’s the argument of the Prosecution in the murder trial of the accused Michael McLean. Both the Prosecution and the Defence made closing arguments yesterday in the almost month-long trial in the Home Circuit Court in downtown, Kingston. The Crown is being led by Director of Public Prosecutions, DPP, Paula Llewellyn.
In the over 3-hour long closing arguments of the Prosecution, DPP Llewellyn, contended the killing of the six victims between February 25 and 26 was ‘cold and calculated.’ She told the 7-member jury the accused killed the four children and two women in the belief that this blood sacrifice would allow him to regain his manhood.
DPP Llewellyn stated that although they didn’t have to prove a motive for the killings when she looked at the accused, she had to ask why?
She says McLean’s nonsensical belief in Obeah and what he thinks Teeni had done to him led to the killings as a form of blood sacrifice to rid himself of the ailments in his private parts.
And to test if he was cured, she says it came out in cross-examination of the accused that on the Sunday morning when he fled to St. Mary to be with his ex-fiance—he had sex with her. The Prosecution says the victims were like lambs to the slaughter.
In particular, DPP Llewellyn told the court that the way in which Teeni was killed was a payback for allegedly taking away the McLean’s manhood. The woman had her throat slashed and was burnt from her breast to her mid-thigh.
Meanwhile, DPP Llewellyn argued the way in which the final victim was killed was a sign of slight remorse from the accused.
Jihad McCool was smothered to death instead, rather than having her throat slashed like the others. She was also buried, unlike the others. She questioned how McLean knew exactly where Jihad’s body was buried if he didn’t kill her.
DPP Llewellyn also asked why would the gunmen, the accused spoke of, kill the child and not even harm him. She told the court the Crown’s case of circumstantial evidence is solid and points only in the direction of Michael McLean.
In the meantime, McLean’s attorney Carlton Collman says the Prosecution has not proven its case. Mr. Collman contended there was inadequate evidence, the key witnesses did not tell the truth and that there were inconsistencies in the case. He also says no investigation was done to find the real killers – the gunmen his client claims killed the victims.
These men the Prosecution argue were a figment of McLean’s imagination. The Presiding Judge, Justice Bertram Morrison, is expected to start his summation in the matter today.