Millie Martin murderer to appeal verdict

Published Friday, 21 February 2014
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A man jailed for murdering his ex-partner's 15-month-old baby daughter Millie Martin is set to appeal the guilty verdict.

Millie Martin murderer to appeal verdict
Millie Martin died from brain injuries in December 2009. (© Pacemaker)

Senior judges have confirmed they will hear Barry McCarney's bid to overturn his conviction in April.

McCarney, 34, is serving a minimum 25-year prison sentence after being unanimously found guilty of the murder of Millie.

The toddler died from severe injuries to the brain in December 2009 following her admission to hospital in Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh.

She had sustained multiple fractured ribs, heavy bruising and a fatal blow to the head.

McCarney, formerly of Trillick, Co Tyrone, began a relationship with Millie's mother, Rachael, and moved into the family home in Enniskillen months before her death.

In December 2012 a jury reached a verdict that he had murdered the child.

He was also convicted of sexual assault and causing grievous bodily harm to her. Rachael Martin was acquitted at trial of allowing her daughter's death and cruelty through wilful neglect.

In the Court of Appeal on Friday, counsel for McCarney disclosed part of their challenge to his conviction centres on the Domestic Crime and Victims Act 2004.

Donal Sayers said: "There's a major structural issue about that legislation."

He also detailed efforts to obtain transcripts of evidence given at trial by his client's co-accused.

Listing the case for hearing on 1 April, Lord Chief Justice Sir Declan Morgan predicted the issues involved could be dealt with in two days.

© UTV News
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3 Comments
Honesty in Lisburn wrote (245 days ago):
Why do we have to pay the legal racket for all these appeals? Scrap legal aid now - it's theft.
Big G in The EAST wrote (245 days ago):
This guy is putting in an appeal against getting 25 years for killing a baby it should of been 250 years ,
margaret graham in kesh wrote (246 days ago):
We are all paying for this ridiculous appeal to be allowed..He had his chance to speak up for himself at the trial but didn't!!!!The justice system is a flipping joke. Just throw away the key and save us all working for nothing...
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