Mother denies she was responsible for Millie Martin's death
The mother of murdered Enniskillen toddler Millie Martin has strenuously denied being responsible for the little girl’s death or her catalogue of horrific injuries.
Giving evidence for a second day at Dungannon Crown Court, Rachael Martin (below) refuted suggestions by her former lover’s lawyer that she killed the child, rather than Barry McCarney.
“Certainly not,” the 27-year-old mother said. “You know what your client has done.”
Martin, who denies charges of wilfully neglecting 15-month-old Millie or allowing her death, was yesterday cross-examined by defence QC Eilis McDermott, representing McCarney.
The 33-year-old denies charges of killing Millie who died from serious head injuries in December 2009. The trial had previously heard the girl was found to have suffered a number of serious injuries in the weeks before her death, when she lived with McCarney and her mother at Glebe Park in Enniskillen.
McCarney, from Woodview Crescent, Trillick, also denies sexually and physically assaulting the youngster.
Ms McDermott quizzed Martin, from Main Street in Kesh, as to why, during over 15 hours of questioning, she never once “said anything critical” of her ex-boyfriend. Martin claimed police only asked about their relationship, rather than her opinion of him.
Ms McDermott said the defendant was directly asked if she could think of anyone who “could have caused these injuries to Millie”. Martin claimed she “wasn't picking up” on what the detectives meant, as she believed they were talking about anyone other than McCarney, who had been arrested.
Ms McDermott suggested that it was Martin and not McCarney who was the real killer.
“I want to suggest to you Ms Martin, that the reason why you could not think of who did it, is because you had done it,” she said.
“Certainly not ... definitely not,” the mother replied. “You know what your client has done.”
The lawyer also suggested Martin was responsible for her daughter’s multitude of injuries.
“Definitely not,” Martin said.
“You know as well as I do what your client is capable of.”
The trial continues.