Detective welcomes sentence for 'callous cold-blooded' killer McClenaghan
A PSNI detective has welcomed the prison sentence handed down to "callous" shotgun murderer Fred McClenaghan.
McClenaghan, who murdered his former partner Marion Millican in broad daylight in March 2011, will serve a minimum of 13 years in prison before he can apply for parole.
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Detective Superintendent Jason Murphy, from the PSNI's Serious Crime Branch, said he hoped the sentence would provide closure to Mrs Millican's family.
"I welcome the lengthy sentence handed to Frederick McClenaghan today," he said. "He is a very callous and dangerous man and the community is a safer place now that he is behind bars. Frederick McClenaghan inflicted further pain and suffering on the Millican family by subjecting them to a total of three trials after successfully appealing his unanimous murder conviction on two occasions.
"During the third trial in September this year - and after more than six years - he finally admitted his guilt.
"However, he has never given the Millican family the courtesy of an explanation as to why he killed Marion. Throughout 14 police interviews he maintained his right to silence and while this was his right, I believe he had a moral responsibility to explain his actions to Marion's family."
Det Supt Murphy said it was "an extremely sad case", adding that his sympathies were with Marion's children, husband, grandchildren and family circle.
"Frederick McClenaghan has rightfully been sentenced to life in prison, however Marion's family have themselves been consigned to a lifelong sentence as a result of his callous and cold-blooded act," he added.
"Detectives and prosecutors worked tirelessly to get justice for Marion's murder and today brings closure for the police service and the Public Prosecution Service. But the family will never get closure. The guilty plea and today's sentencing is the very least that they deserve."
Three police officers were disciplined following a Police Ombudsman investigation into circumstances surrounding the death of Marion Millican.
Police Ombudsman Dr Michael Maguire found the police response to information they received in December 2010 that McClenaghan had a gun was inadequate.