Belfast Telegraph

Jury out in laundrette shooting court case

By Michael Donnelly

The jury in the trial of a 49-year-old man who claims he accidentally shot his former lover while intending to kill himself was today expected to begin its deliberations.

Fred McClenaghan (49), of Broad Street in Magherafelt, denies murdering Marion Millican at the laundrette where she worked in Portstewart.

The mother-of-four died on March 11 last year when McClenaghan blasted her in the chest with an antique shotgun.

McClenaghan claims he accidentally shot his former lover while trying to take his own life.

Final submissions were made to the jury at Antrim Crown Court yesterday and they will retire to consider their verdict today.

McClenaghan’s defence team insisted the shooting was a tragic, horrific accident.

The prosecution says that the defendant had, in the months before the shooting, repeatedly told of his wish to kill his ex-girlfriend and himself.

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