UPDATE: Millie murder accused 'a complete maniac' claims former lover

Published: 20 Nov 2012 17:50

Barry "Budgie" McCarney, the man accused of murdering baby Millie Martin, is "a complete maniac ...... a f--king bastard", his former lover claimed today (Tuesday).

Tragic toddler Millie Martin.

Barry "Budgie" McCarney, the man accused of murdering baby Millie Martin, is "a complete maniac ...... a f--king bastard", his former lover claimed today (Tuesday).

The accusations came as the toddler's 27-year-old mother, Rachael Martin, was cross-examined by McCarney's defence QC Elis McDermott.

However, Martin, from Main Street, Kesh, agreed that while she was "devastated" as her 100 per cent of trust in McCarney was "totally shattered", and that it was "no mystery" to her who killed her daughter, she never voiced her concerns to anyone.

Martin, who is accused of wilfully neglecting and allowing her daughter's death, also accepted that during hours of police questioning she never said "one critical thing" about 33-year-old McCarney, from Woodview Crescent, Trillick, who denies murdering and sexually and physically abusing the toddler.

Their trial at Dungannon Crown Court heard that it was only after hearing of the injuries her daughter suffered "that the penny began to drop" with Martin, as to who was responsible.

However, Ms McDermott said that "there could not have been a shadow of a doubt" Millie was attacked during the five minutes she had gone to buy chocolate.

And that it would have been "seared" into her mind that she had never left her daughter all day until then.

Martin claimed that her "head was just all over the place and I can't remember what I was thinking at that time", but that having heard of what may have happened to Millie, she and her family had decided they "had to keep him (McCarney) at the hospital" until police arrived.

Ms McDermott said if this were the situation, why then did she allow "this very dangerous person" to travel alone with her and her mother, on the relatively long journey to follow Millie's transfer to a Belfast hospital.

Martin replied that her father and stepfather knew they were on their way to Belfast, which later prompted Ms McDermott to suggest that if McCarney had murdered them both, then her father and stepfather would know who did it.

However, the lawyer on pressing Martin as to why she "volunteered" to travel with a man "who was a maniac" .... Martin immediately cut in, declaring: "He is a complete maniac", adding later that "anything could have happened" on the journey including McCarney "injuring" them both and fleeing in her mother's jeep.

Martin was also quizzed as to how, if everything she said was correct about McCarney being her daughter's killer, she had restrained her emotion "in not wanting to throttle" him.

She claimed she did not know how she even completed the journey to Belfast, and from memory she did not think she even spoke to him.

Ms McDermott then put it to Martin that by the very next day, after Millie's death, and knowing what she did, was she not going around "calling McCarney a f--king bastard".

"That's what he is," said Martin.

Earlier she rejected suggestions from her own lawyer, John McCrudden QC, that she would have shielded McCarney from the police.

"I have never protected him," she said.

Martin, asked if she'd ever suspected her daughter was being abused, replied "definitely not", repeating the answer twice more when asked if she also turned a blind eye to what he was doing.

She told Mr. McCrudden that up until the night of her daughter's death she had trusted Barry McCarney "100 per cent".

She added that he never gave her any grounds to suspect him, claiming that he "portrayed himself as a dotting father", but that all changed when she realised what had happened.

At the start of her second day in the witness box Martin allowed herself a private smile as she and the jury were shown over 300 of photographs of the toddler taken by her from mid-October through November up to December 7, just four days before Millie's untimely death.

The pictures, contained in four albums, appeared to show the mother and daughter enjoying a normal, loving relationship, although several did indicate injuries to her head and finger.

The trial continues tomorrow when Martin will again be cross-examined.

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