Northern Ireland

Marion Millican: Trial of man accused of her murder begins

Marion Millican
Image caption Fred McClenaghan has pleaded not guilty to the murder of Marion Millican

The trial of a man accused of killing his former lover in Portstewart more than three years ago has begun.

Marion Millican, 51, was shot dead at the laundrette where she worked in March 2011.

Fred McClenaghan, 52, from Broad Street, Magherafelt, denies the murder, but pleaded guilty to her manslaughter.

At the beginning of the proceedings a defence barrister asked that Mr McClenaghan be re-arraigned on the charge of murder.

When the charge was read to him, Mr McClenaghan replied: "Not guilty, but guilty of manslaughter."

This plea was rejected by the prosecution and Antrim Crown Court, sitting in Belfast, was told that the case would proceed as a murder trial.

In making his opening remarks, a prosecution lawyer told the jury of seven men and five women that it was the Crown's case that the killing of Marion Millican was "murder - pure and simple".

The case continues.