Laundrette murder conviction quashed

Published Wednesday, 29 January 2014
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A man jailed for shooting dead his ex-lover in a laundrette has had his murder conviction quashed.

Laundrette murder conviction quashed
Marion Millican was shot dead in the Portstewart laundrette where she worked. (© UTV)

Fred McClenaghan will now face a retrial over the killing of Marion Millican in Portstewart, Co Londonderry.

No further details of the decision reached by the Court of Appeal on Wednesday can be reported for legal reasons.

Mrs Millican, a 51-year-old mother of four, was shot in the chest at her workplace in Portstewart, Co Derry in March 2011. She died at the scene.

The victim had been in a relationship with McClenaghan, 51, which ended months before the killing.

The weapon used was an antique, double-barreled shotgun which dated back to the late 19th century.

McClenaghan, formerly of Broad Street, Magherafelt, was found guilty of murdering Mrs Millican following a trial in 2012.

He was sentenced to a minimum 16 years in jail.

But after challenging the verdict the Court of Appeal has ruled that the murder conviction should be quashed.

Judges directed that a fresh trial should now be held on the murder charge.

Lord Justice Girvan then imposed a ban on publishing any evidence or potential evidence ahead of the new hearing.

He confirmed: "Any report should be limited to the fact the court ordered a retrial."

On Wednesday afternoon, it emerged that McClenaghan will face a retrial in May.

Belfast Crown Court Judge Mr Justice Weir said the location of the retrial has yet to be fixed.

© UTV News
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11 Comments
Jamesbelfast in Belfastr wrote (276 days ago):
I am not defending this crime in any way whatsoever but reading through the first five comments I am disappointed by what has been said. It would seem those who commented have little regard or understanding justice or the law. In fact such comments may have a negative affect on the final outcome. No matter what the crime justice must be carried out correctly. Also remember the legal reasons for the original verdict being overturned have NOT been made public so how can any member of the public make a fair and honest comment on what has ocurred.
Sick of our justice system again! in Bangor wrote (276 days ago):
Once again our justice system gone mad! Is it normal to go into a launderette - where an ex-partner works - with a loaded shotgun? Come on judiciary - this decision is a joke!
Charles in Lisbellaw wrote (276 days ago):
I wonder how long a judge's course lasts on the planet zogg, and what, qualifications are required apart from having ones brain surgically removed beforehand. The sublime arrogance and pure stupidity of the Northern Ireland judiciary just needs to be seen to be believed.
John in Newtownabbey wrote (276 days ago):
The law is an ass. Too absorbed with the niceties of process it favours the criminal over the victim. I've heard it said by a barrister that it's better 9 guilty men go free rather than 1 innocent man be convicted. Total crap! Judges don't seem to live in the real world like the rest of us have to.
T J McClean in Belfast wrote (276 days ago):
So wrong!
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