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Magherafelt man has murder conviction quashed

Forensic experts comb the scene in Portstewart where 51 year old Marion Millican was shot dead

Forensic experts comb the scene in Portstewart where 51 year old Marion Millican was shot dead

A Magherafelt man jailed for shooting dead his ex-lover in a laundrette had his murder conviction quashed today.

Fred McClenaghan will now face a retrial over the killing of Marion Millican in Portstewart, Co Derry.

No further details of the decision reached by the Court of Appeal can be reported for legal reasons.

Mrs Millican, a 51-year-old mother of four, was shot in the chest at her workplace in Portstewart, Co Derry in March 2011. She died at the scene.

McClenaghan, formerly of Broad Street, Magherafelt, was found guilty of murdering Mrs Millican following a trial in 2012.

He was sentenced to a minimum 16 years in jail.

But after challenging the verdict the Court of Appeal ruled today that the murder conviction should be quashed.

Judges directed that a fresh trial should now be held on the murder charge - possibly as early as mid February.

Lord Justice Girvan then imposed a ban on publishing any evidence or potential evidence ahead of the new hearing.

He confirmed: “Any report should be limited to the fact the court ordered a retrial.”

 

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