Baby Millie-killer Barry McCarney’s appeal put on hold

Murdered toddler Millie Martin
Murdered toddler Millie Martin

A man jailed for murdering his ex-partner’s 15-month-old daughter has had his appeal put on hold.

Barry McCarney’s challenge to being convicted of killing Millie Martin was due to be heard by senior judges in Belfast yesterday.

But after prison guards brought him into the Court of Appeal, the case was forced to adjourn due to issues over transcripts from his trial.

McCarney, 34, is serving a minimum 25-year sentence after being unanimously found guilty of murdering Millie, as well as sexually assaulting her.

The toddler died in December 2009 following her admission to hospital in Enniskillen with serious injuries.

She had sustained multiple fractured ribs, heavy bruising and a burnt finger.

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.

McCarney’s legal team are set to argue that he was denied a fair trial, based around interpretations of the Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act 2004 which featured in the case.

Defence lawyers are expected to contend that an application at trial for a no-case-to-answer ruling was wrongly delayed until after all evidence had been heard.

Lord Chief Justice Sir Declan Morgan, sitting with Lord Justice Coghlin, yesterday confirmed the hearing could not proceed without all the transcripts.

McCarney was escorted back to jail without the appeal being opened.