Aman charged with torching his sister’s house in March 2015, killing his niece and two nephews, on yesterday hurled death threats and insults from the dock in the Supreme Court upon learning that his wish to withdraw his guilty plea just ahead of his sentencing could result in further complications.

Phillip McLeod, who was 53 years old at the time of the incident in Arnett Gardens, had been charged with three counts of murder and one count of arson in the deaths of siblings Abigail Reid, 10; Leonardo Morris, 15; and their brother Bebeto Harris, 18.

McLeod had initially pleaded not guilty to the one count of arson and not guilty to the three counts of murder. However, after the trial began in April this year he changed his plea to guilty of the lesser charge of manslaughter. The arson charge against him was dropped after that agreement.

He was scheduled to be sentenced yesterday by Supreme Court Judge Justice Simone Wolfe-Reece but indicated at the last minute that he again wished to withdraw his plea and instead indicated that he was not at the scene of the incident and had nothing to do with it a defence of alibi and had been influenced by his attorney to offer the plea he had.

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