16 YEARS ‘TOO LENIENT’ FOR AN ‘EVIL, EVIL MAN’

Pacemaker Press 21/9/2012 Suzanne (daughter) leaves Court after Fred McClenaghan, 49, was sentenced to 16 years for murdering Marion Millican in the Portstewart launderette where she worked in March 2011 Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 21/9/2012 Suzanne (daughter) leaves Court after Fred McClenaghan, 49, was sentenced to 16 years for murdering Marion Millican in the Portstewart launderette where she worked in March 2011 Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
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THE daughter of a woman murdered by Magherafelt man Fred McClenaghan has said his 16-year sentence is “definitely not enough”.

Suzanne Davis claimed the jail term was too lenient for “an evil, evil man” who had ripped her family apart when he shot her mum 51-year-old Marion Millican in a Portstewart launderette last March.

McClenaghan blasted his former lover in the chest with an antique shotgun before fleeing the scene.

Judge Corinne Philpott, QC, rejected his claims of diminished responsibility, or that the shooting had been an accident.

The judge said there was also evidence that McClenaghan had attacked Mrs Millican in the past, once breaking a tooth and another time when he had tried to strangle her, which to Mrs Millican had been the “last straw”.

Speaking outside the court, Ms Davis described 49-year-old McClenaghan as “a monster”.

Ms Davis, speaking for family and friends, explained how the Magherafelt man had ripped their lives apart by his actions, adding there barely words to describe him.

She said: “He is an evil, evil man, there are no words can describe the person that he is, a monster.

“He is a very evil man, as anyone who has been reading the papers during the course of the six weeks of the trial would have realised.

“They would have definitely gotten to the type of person he is. Not just because of the relationship my mother had with him but the previous relationships, he is just that type of person.”
Ms Davis was accompanied by a tearful Pamela Henry, a friend and work colleague of Marion’s, who was at work that day.

The trial had heard a taped police interview with her in which she revealed how McClenaghan had stormed into the launderette armed with a shotgun and tired to force Mrs Millican to come with him.

Ms Davis said of the loss of their much loved mother: “It’s indescribable, our lives have been shattered, we will never get over the loss of my mum.

“She was the glue that kept us together and now she is not here. It’s the simple things in life that we miss about her as much as the milestones, every little, insignificant things and she’s not here.”

Ms Davis also hit out at the 16-year tariff imposed which she said was highly lenient sentence and had added to their grief and left the family feeling let down by the system.

She added: “As a family we feel the sentence was very lenient, especially for such a crime, such a violent crime, that has been committed. Sixteen years is definitely not enough.”