The mother of a murdered 15 month-old little girl spoke out against the sentence her ex-boyfriend received. The sex offender was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison and the mother of the murdered little girl thinks the sentence is too “lenient.”
Barry McCarney was sentenced in Belfast Crown Court for the brutal murder of 15 month-old Millie Martin. The judge who ruled on the case described the attack as a ‘sadistic sexual assault.”
Rachael Martin, Millie’s mother criticized the sentence saying, “Twenty five years isn’t long enough. It wasn’t long enough, life should be life.”
Margaret Graham Millie’s grandmother stated, “He should never see the light of day again. We won’t ever see Millie, her mummy won’t see her wee daughter and life should mean life.”
After a vicious sexual attack, McCarney, 33, took Millie to the Erne Hospital in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland. Security footage from Erne Hospital showed McCarney attempting to give the little girl CPR as he rushed through the hospital.
McCarney’s father Kevin vehemently denies his son murdered little Millie Martin and that they would be appealing the verdict. “We will be appealing the case and we know he will be proved innocent.”
Justice Ben Stephens who handed down McCarney’s sentence explained to reporters that the “sentencing framework” is vastly different from the one in England and Wales. Stephens stated that it was the “vulnerability and fragility of the victim” that allowed him to give McCarney the life sentence.
McCarney has to serve at least 25 years of the life sentence. After he serves the 25 years, if parole commissioners determine that McCarney is no longer a danger to the public, they do have the ability to release him “on license.”
Judge Ben Stephens told the labourer at Belfast Crown Court that McCarney was a “deeply manipulative man.” In addition to the murder charge, Barry McCarney was found guilty of grievous bodily harm with intent and sexual abuse.
Judge Stephens sentenced McCarney on the additional charges and he must serve six years on the grievous bodily harm conviction.
McCarney must also serve two years on the sexual abuse convictions. His terms for the all of the sentencing will run concurrently with his murder sentence.
Rachel Martin was acquitted this time last year on charges she allowed her daughter’s death and cruelty through willful neglect. The judge ruled that Martin had been “duped” by McCarney.
Barry McCarney met Rachel Martin only three months before Millie Martin’s murder. According to court records, McCarney “duped” the Martin family and through their trust gained access to the little girl.
The judge stated when Martin was acquitted that McCarney had tricked Rachel into thinking he cared for little Millie. That deceit led Martin to feel comfortable leaving her daughter alone with the sex offender.
Judge Stephens spoke to McCarney and said, “You gained the total trust of Rachel Martin. You appeared to her to be very good to Millie.”
The night Millie was murdered, McCarney sent his girlfriend, Rachel Martin to the store to buy him a candy bar. As Martin was pulling out of the driveway, court documents revealed McCarney was going upstairs with the intent of sexually assaulting Millie.
During the brutal sexual attack, McCarney slammed the little girl’s head on a hard surface to silence her cries. The severe head injury is ultimately was led to Millie Martin’s death.
When the autopsy was performed on the little girl’s body, a pathologist discovered Millie Martin suffered 21 cracked ribs, seven of which were old injuries. A oval shaped bump was clearly visible on her forehead along with multiple bruises on her body.
The pathologist also found injuries to her abdomen that were caused by punching and prodding. These would were also determined to have played a part in her death.
The adorable little 15 month-old had also been sexually violated. The sexual assault was described by the prosecution as “vile and sadistic.”
McCarney attempted during his trial to blame the murder on Millie’s mother, Rachel Martin. The jury rejected McCarney’s suggestion that it was Millie’s mother who had killed her.
The jury returned the guilty verdict in just three short hours. Standing outside the courthouse, Rachel Martin’s stepfather, Noel Graham spoke with reporters.
He said that he was thrilled that McCarney was off the streets and wouldn’t be able to hurt anyone else’s child. When it came to McCarney’s insistence that he’s innocent, Noel Graham has a comment for that as well.
“If he had been half a man he would have gone into court and told the jury the truth and didn’t leave everything unanswered.”
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