Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 24 May 2016

Child killer Barry McCarney to fight claims he wounded fellow inmate in prison fight

By Mickey Donnelly and Ashleigh McDonald

Published 21/03/2016

Barry McCarney
Barry McCarney

Convicted child killer Barry 'Budgie' McCarney, who is serving a minimum of 25 years in jail, is to fight claims that in a prison fight nearly two years ago he wounded a fellow inmate.

The 36-year-old on Monday pleaded "not guilty" to the single charge that on June 6, 2014 he unlawfully and maliciously wounded Dennis Lancaster contrary to Section 20 of the Offences Against the Person Act 1861.

After McCarney entered his plea and denied the charge, Craigavon Crown Court Judge Patrick Lynch QC remanded him back into custody in Maghaberry Prison for his trial on June 13, which is expected to last two to three days.

Neither crown prosecutor Joseph Murphy, nor McCarney's barrister Denis Boyd revealed any details surrounding the case during today's hearing.

McCarney, originally from Woodview Crescent, Trillick, Co Tyrone, was jailed in January 2013 for the sexual abuse, GBH and murder of his partner's 15-month-old toddler, Millie Martin.

Baby Millie was admitted the emergency department of Erne hospital in Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh, in December 2009 with serious injuries including seven fractured ribs, heavy bruising and a burnt finger following weeks of abuse in the Glebe Park home of her mum Rachel.

An eight-week jury trial in Omagh heard that in addition to the fatal blow to the back of her head, baby Millie suffered a multitude of other injuries, including horrific internal injuries which could have proved just as fatal.

These injuries to her abdomen had been caused by punching or prodding not only in the weeks, but possibly even in the hours, before her death.

McCarney protested his innocence, but when jailing him, Mr Justice Ben Stephens said he was already on his way up the stairs with the intention of sexually abusing the youngster as her mother reversed her car out of the driveway to go and buy him a 'Kit-Kat'.

In May last year his appeal against the convictions were dismissed, and a month later he abandoned his challenge to the minimum 25-year sentence imposed on him.

McCarney will be back at Craigavon Crown Court in June for his trial, during which the alleged injured party will be giving evidence.

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