Magherafelt man to appeal laundrette murder conviction

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A Magherafelt man jailed for shooting dead his ex-lover in a laundrette is to attempt to overturn his conviction.

Fred McClenaghan is appealing against a verdict that he murdered Marion Millican with an antique shotgun at her workplace in Portstewart, Co Derry.

Senior judges today listed his challenge for a three-day hearing in December.

McClenaghan, 50, from Broad Street in Magherafelt, is serving a minimum 16 years behind bars for the March 2011 killing.

He claimed to have accidentally killed Mrs Millican while attempting to shoot himself in front of her.

The victim, a 51-year-old mother of four, suffered chest wounds and died at the scene.

She had been in a relationship with McClenaghan which ended months before the shooting.

During the murder trial her husband told how they had been trying to rekindle their marriage at the time she died.

Ken Millican described finding his wife’s body on the floor of the laundrette on the day of the killing, and his failed attempts to locate a pulse.

The weapon used was an antique, double-barreled shotgun which dated back to the late 19th century.

Last year a jury at Antrim Crown Court rejected McClenaghan’s claims of diminished responsibility and that the shooting was an accident.

But it was confirmed today that judges in the Court of Appeal will begin hearing his challenge to the murder conviction on December 3.