Millie accused 'misled' toddler's mother

Published Thursday, 29 November 2012
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The man accused of murdering Millie Martin has been accused of laying false trails to mislead the toddler's mother.

Millie accused 'misled' toddler's mother
Barry McCarney is accused of murdering the baby girl in December 2009. (© John McVitty)

Rachael Martin's defence barrister told the jury at Dungannon Crown Court that Barry McCarney's red herrings were an attempt to deceive his client, the police and the jury.

Summing up on Thursday, John McCrudden QC denied the suggestion that Martin had turned from being a loving, caring, devoted mother into a vile, evil murderess.

He denied she was responsible for the abuse suffered by the 15-month-old toddler, who died after a fatal blow to the back of her head.

Millie was sexually abused, and other injuries inflicted on the little girl were described as "undiluted evil".

Martin, from Main Street in Kesh, denies wilful neglect and allowing the act which caused her daughter's death.

Mr McCrudden urged the jury to end her nightmare by acquitting her.

McCarney, Martin's former partner, from Woodview Crescent in Trillick, denies psychically and sexually assaulting and murdering Millie.

His defence barrister said the case against 33-year-old McCarney was threadbare and appealed to the jury to find him not guilty.

Prosecution and defence cases have ended and the trial judge has begun his direction to the jury.

© UTV News
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