Man jailed for 25 years for murder of toddler in Northern Ireland

Friday 25 January 2013 23.09
Millie Martin died after a fatal blow to the back of her head and a multitude of other injuries
Millie Martin died after a fatal blow to the back of her head and a multitude of other injuries

A man has been ordered to serve at least 25 years in prison for murdering the 15-month-old daughter of his former partner.

Barry McCarney, 33, from Trillick, Co Tyrone, was found guilty last month of Millie Martin's murder in Enniskillen in 2009.

Mr Justice Ben Stephens said at Belfast Crown Court that McCarney was a "deeply manipulative man" who had carried out a "sadistic sexual assault" on the child.

During a ten-week trial the court heard that, in addition to a fatal blow to the back of her head, the victim suffered a multitude of other injuries.

McCarney was also found guilty of grievous bodily harm with intent and sexual assault of Millie.

Justice Stephens said he must serve at least six and two years for those crimes respectively, but they will run concurrently with his murder sentence.

Millie's mother Rachael Martin looked on from the public gallery.

At the same trial last year, she was acquitted of charges of allowing her daughter's death and cruelty through wilful neglect.