Northern Ireland

Man is remanded over the death of toddler Millie Martin

Millie Martin
Image caption Millie Martin died after being injured at a house in Enniskillen

Some of the injuries on a toddler allegedly murdered in County Fermanagh last December were at least a week old, Belfast High Court has heard.

Millie Martin suffered fractured ribs and a blow to the stomach days before she died.

Her mother's partner, Barry McCarney, denies murdering her at their Enniskillen home. He was refused bail.

The prosecution said Mr McCarney's safety could not be guaranteed if he was released in Fermanagh or Tyrone.

The cause of the 15-month-old baby girl's death had been attributed to head and genitalia injuries along with multiple fractures, a judge was told.

Details emerged as bail was refused for the man accused of carrying out the fatal assault at the child's home in Glebe Park, Enniskillen.

Mr McCarney, 30, was the partner of Millie's mother, Rachel Martin, and had been living at the family home in Enniskillen.

Mr McCarney's lawyer said he had consistently protested his innocence and fully co-operated with police.

The case against him involves allegations that he tried to create opportunities to be alone with the toddler, the court heard.

Millie was brought into the Erne Hospital by Mr McCarney, who is not her father, in a lifeless condition, according to a prosecution lawyer.

She was then transferred to the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children but later died.

In refusing bail, Mr Justice Treacy pointed to a potential risk of re-offending and interference for witnesses as reasons for his decision.

"He is charged with the gravest of crimes, the violent murder of a young child."