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Paedophile child killer Barry McCarney charged with jail attack on man

By Paul Higgins

Convicted child killer Barry McCarney has been charged with wounding a man while in jail.

The 35-year-old - who is currently serving a minimum of 25 years behind bars for the murder of 15-month-old toddler Millie Martin - was not at Lisburn Magistrates Court to face the charge.

His alleged victim was named as Dennis Lancaster, although it is not clear if he is a fellow inmate or prison warder.

The offence is alleged to have happened on June 6 last year.

McCarney is originally from Co Tyrone, but his address was given as c/o HMP Maghaberry.

He was due to have his case sent to the Crown Court for trial but the preliminary enquiry was adjourned until later this month at which stage the convicted killer will appear in court.

McCarney was ordered to serve a minimum 25 years of a life sentence imposed for the murder of the toddler.

He was also found guilty of sexual assault and the grievous bodily harm of Millie.

She died in December 2009 after being admitted to hospital in Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh, with serious injuries including fractured ribs, heavy bruising and a burnt finger.

It followed weeks of abuse that culminated in a fatal attack inside her mother's house in Glebe Park, Enniskillen.

McCarney had started a relationship with Millie's mother Rachael, and moved into the family home in Enniskillen months before her death.

During the 10-week trial the court heard that in addition to the fatal blow to the back of her head, baby Millie had 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 had always protested his innocence, claiming he was sickened and saddened by Millie's death.

On the night the toddler sustained the fatal injuries McCarney had persuaded his girlfriend to go out to a shop to buy him a chocolate bar.

As he passed sentence in 2013, Mr Justice Ben Stephens said McCarney was already on his way up the stairs with the intention of sexually abusing the young child in her bed as Ms Martin was reversing her car out of the driveway. The judge said McCarney had struck Millie's head on a hard surface in response to her cries as he inflicted a brutal sexual assault.

That injury would prove fatal. McCarney, originally from Woodview Crescent, Trillick, brought the child to the Erne Hospital in Enniskillen, where she died the following day.

In May his appeal against the convictions were dismissed by the Court of Appeal.

He was denied permission to take an ongoing fight to clear his name to the Supreme Court in London.

McCarney's lawyers are now considering whether to go to the European Court in Strasbourg in an effort to have his conviction for the murder of 15-month-old Millie overturned.

Last month McCarney abandoned his challenge to the minimum 25-year jail sentence imposed on him.

Rachael Martin was acquitted at trial of allowing her daughter's death and cruelty through wilful neglect.

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