Footage shown of Millie's head injury

Published Wednesday, 07 November 2012
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The jury in the murder trial of baby Millie Martin has been shown video evidence of one of the injuries she suffered.

Footage shown of Millie's head injury
Baby Millie Martin, who died as a result of severe brain injuries. (© Pacemaker)

On Wednesday at Dungannon Crown Court, a video was played from a fortnight before the Co Fermanagh toddler's death on December 11 2009.

The jury of nine men and three women had already seen two short videos, firstly of her arrival at hospital, then of her dancing two days earlier.

In the latest short video clip, taken in the toddler's Glebe Park home in Enniskillen by her mum, Rachael on her mobile phone, around lunctime on Tuesday 24 November, showed Baby Millie and her mum's then partner, Barry 'Budgie' McCarney, sitting at opposite ends of a beige leather settee.

While her 27-year-old mum Rachael, from Main Street, Kesh, is accused of wilfully neglecting and allowing her death, 33-year-old McCarney, from Woodview Crescent, Trillick, denies murdering, as well as sexually and physically abusing her.

In this video, which the jury were told by prosecution QC Ciaran Murphy, was being played to the court, "by agreement" of the defence, a large bump could clearly be seen in the middle of Baby Millie's forehead.

Both accused deny the charges against them.

Various witnesses throughout the twenty-day trial, now in its fifth week overall, had described the bump as being clearly visible, looking like an oval, or even egg shaped. Those descriptions matched what could be seen on screen.

However, unlike the second video clip, shown earlier, and captured by her grandmother, Margaret Graham in her own home, Baby Millie was not smiling, or dancing and wanting to be the centre of attention.

In this video clip Baby Millie, dressed in a pink Nike top, is unsmiling, almost sullen looking, as she glanced on several occasions at McCarney, sitting at the opposite end of the settee, reading a newspaper.

The court has also heard that an injury causing a large bump in the middle of Baby Millie's forehead, running from her hairline, almost to the bridge of her nose, had a number of possible causes, from banging into a table, or hitting her head off her cot, to even a supernatural phenomena.

For the second time in the trial, the court was told that "a ghost" was the culprit and that the child's bedroom was even checked for "spirits", after which Martin and McCarney were advised to get Baby Millie "medical attention" and to move her cot into their own bedroom for safety.

The court also heard of McCarney's response at being charged within hours of her death, with the murder of Baby Millie.

When asked if he had anything to say, McCarney replied: "Yes I do. I would like to say I'm totally innocent of all charges. I didn't lay a hand on Millie. I'm sickened and saddened by the death of Millie."

© UTV News
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