Letters to the Editor

Make harsh punishment mandatory for deranged criminals

Friday, March 09, 2018

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Dear Editor,

The savagery of Michael McLean in slaughtering six members of a family in St Thomas in February 2006, including that of four innocent children, has sent shockwaves throughout the nation, and has highlighted how deranged and brazen these criminals can be.

McLean, the heartless animal that he is, was unanimously found guilty of all six counts of murder by a seven-member panel of jury following a five-week trial in the Home Circuit Court on Tuesday.

According to media reports, the gruesomeness of the murders committed by McLean include the prominent feature of the slashing of throats, as well as the burning of the stomach and pubic area of his ex-girlfriend.

Director of Public Prosecutions Paula Llewellyn stated that she has placed this in the top 10 worst murder cases. This was a profound statement coming from an experienced prosecutor of 30 years.

Despite the evidence against him, McLean has reportedly denied the dastardly act of the murder of these people, and he displayed no remorse or other emotion after the guilty verdict was handed down. This is demonstrable brazeness that should be considered by the learned justice in handing down his sentence next month.

We are constrained by precedent case law that only in the most extreme of circumstances that the death penalty could be handed down. However, based on the gruesome and extreme nature of this case, I would think, and agree with others, that this monster deserves no less than the death penalty.

An animal like McLean, who committed these premeditated murders of so many members from one family, causing much grief, should not be benefiting from our tax dollars in prison by just serving time. He should be made to suffer harsh punishment.

Our legislators should send a strong and profound message to murderers and make harsh punishment mandatory for them upon conviction.

Dujon Russell





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