Murder conviction quashed

Fred McClenaghan faces a retrial
Fred McClenaghan faces a retrial

A man jailed for shooting dead his ex-lover in a laundrette had his murder conviction quashed yesterday.

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 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 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-barrelled 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 ruled yesterday that the murder conviction should be quashed.

Judges directed that a fresh trial should now be held on the murder charge – possibly as early as mid-February. Lord Justice Girvan then imposed a ban on publishing any evidence or potential evidence ahead of the new hearing.