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Man faces trial over launderette murder of Marion Millican in Portstewart

By Michael Donnelly

A Co Londonderry man is due to go on trial today in Belfast accused of the murder of a 51-year-old woman in the seaside town of Portstewart over six years ago.

Fred McClenaghan (55), from Broad Street, Magherafelt denies the murder of Marion Millican in the launderette where she was working on March 11, 2011.

Yesterday trial judge Mr Justice Coulton told the Crown Court jury panel of seven women and five men, that it was expected that the trial could take up to six weeks, but should conclude before the Halloween break.

Adjourning the case until this morning, after over 40 witnesses expected to give evidence were named for the jury, Mr Justice Coulton told them not to discuss the coming trial with anyone to ensure that they do not inadvertently learn anything more about the case. He also warned them not to carry out any research about the case on the internet, adding that to do so would amount to a criminal offence.

Mr Justice Coulton said the jury had taken an oath that they decide the case only on the evidence they hear in court, and that he will repeat his warnings each day to the jury to ensure this "fundamental" is adhered to.

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