Cradled in his arms, Barry McCarney is caught on CCTV desperately trying to bring his girlfriend's dying daughter back to life. Nothing could have been further from the truth.
The haunting footage, captured in Erne Hospital, in Northern Ireland, disguises the horrific reality of what has just happened.
McCarney is no desperate father giving the kiss of life to his 15-month-old step-child. Instead, he is the perverted monster who abused Millie Martin so badly that she died of her injuries.
Today, a judge sitting at Dungannon Crown Court branded the 33-year-old's crimes despicable. He described the December 2009 murder as 'almost beyond understanding
McCarney will be sentenced in the New Year.
A timeline of Millie's life and events is outlined below. It appears the warning signs were there about 4 weeks before Mille was murdered, with bruising and 11 fractured ribs.
5 September 2008
Millie Martin born in Erne Hospital. Rachael Martin lives with her mother and stepfather, Margaret and Noel Graham, in Kesh having ended her relationship with Millie's father.
Rachael Martin moves with Millie into privately rented accommodation in Glebe Park in Enniskillen.
Rachael Martin meets Barry McCarney who is staying with her father, a distant cousin.
5 September 2009
Millie's first birthday. For the first 12 months of her life she is a healthy, normal child and routine checks by health visitors raise no concerns. At her birthday party, Barry McCarney is introduced to Rachael's mother and stepfather as her new boyfriend.
A few weeks after their relationship begins, Barry McCarney moves into the house at Glebe Park.
20 October 2009
Witnesses recall seeing Millie Martin with a black, bruised ear at a funeral.
29 October 2009
Millie is seen by a GP for a chest infection. He examines Millie's ear, which is inflamed, but is not told about the injury and he says there is no bruising.
About four weeks before her death Millie suffers 11 fractured ribs. During November, Millie suffers a bruise to the middle of her forehead. Barry McCarney suggests Millie has hit her head on the cot or the wall. The cot is moved to the centre of the room, but another large oval lump appears in the same place a few weeks later. A suggestion is made that the injuries may have been caused by "ghosts".
4 and 5 December 2009
Millie is brought to A&E at the Erne Hospital in Enniskillen with a burn on her finger. Rachael says Millie has burnt it on a candle when Barry McCarney was in the room and she was in the shower, although some witnesses say they are told the burn was caused by a hotplate or a fireguard.
9 December 2009
Millie is seen by a GP who says she should be brought back to A&E as the burn on the finger is infected. He does not see any bruising on her face or chest. Millie is in good form at the surgery, playing peek-a-boo with a nurse. Barry McCarney claims Millie is "dopey" and could hardly open her eyes. Rachael Martin says "Millie was 100%" and McCarney's account "could not be further from the truth".
10 December 2009
Millie appears to have a "bad dose of flu". She is lethargic and one eye is closing. Barry McCarney goes to work as a casual labourer but says he is sick and returns home. He offers to look after Millie saying it would be "a mortal sin" to take her out. Rachael brings Millie to her mother's house and they cry as they have never seen her so ill. Later, Rachael says Millie has picked up. She puts Millie to bed and goes out to buy a chocolate bar. Barry McCarney claims to see Millie in her cot stop breathing. VIDEO AS PER ABOVE. When Millie arrives at the Erne Hospital she is in a "lifeless condition". Staff suspect she has also been sexually assaulted.
11 December 2009
Millie is transferred to the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children. Her life-support machine is turned off later that day. Barry McCarney is arrested and he tells Rachael to "trust him".
Rachael Martin is charged with allowing her daughter's death and child cruelty.
3 October 2012
Trial starts at Dungannon Crown Court. Barry McCarney faces charges of murder, sexual assault and grievous bodily harm.
4 December 2012
McCarney sentenced to life imprisonment after being found guilty on all charges, including murder. Rachael Martin is found not guilty on all charges.
In: Other News, WTF, Citizen Journalism, Other
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