Tears at Millie murder trial

Published Monday, 08 October 2012
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The former couple facing charges linked to the murder of baby Millie Martin both broke down in court on Monday.

Tears at Millie murder trial
Barry McCarney is accused of murdering the baby girl in December 2009. (© John McVitty)

On Monday at Dungannon Crown Court both defendants burst into tears on different occasions as further evidence surrounding the 15-month-old infant's death in December 2009 unfolded.

Millie's grandmother, Margaret Graham, and others in the public gallery were also driven to tears at some aspects of the evidence, while for others it appeared all too much, and they fled the court.

Millie's 27-year-old mother Rachael Martin, from Main Street, Kesh, Co Fermanagh denies failing to protect her daughter from the unlawful act that caused her death and with wilfully neglecting her in a manner likely to cause unnecessary suffering.

She first wept as a consultant paediatrician told of how the toddler, described as being "a dancer" at home just the day before, had turned into the limp floppy child she had found at the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children.

Rachael Martin openly wept again, as did her mother Margaret, sitting just feet behind her in the public gallery, as Dr Mairead McGinn told how both mother and daughter became distressed on being told baby Mille was brain dead and would never be revived.

Dr Maginn said at this point Rachael turned to her mum asking: "How am I going to live without her?"

Earlier her former partner 32-year-old Barry Michael McCarney from Woodview Crescent, Trillick, who denies her murder, buried his head in his hands and wept as the court was shown CCTV clips.

One of the clips showed him running into the Erne Hospital's A&E department with the infant wrapped in a blanket in his arms.

The trial continues.

© UTV News
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