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Marion Millican murder witness fury over killer denial

A woman who witnessed the killing of Marion Millican has spoken of her anger that it took six-and-a-half years for her former partner to admit murdering her.

Fred McClenaghan admitted murdering the mother-of-four in a dramatic turn of events at Belfast Crown Court on Tuesday.

The 55-year-old from Broad Street in Magherafelt has been jailed for life for the murder on 11 March 2011.

Marion Millican, who was 51, was blasted in the chest at point blank range by McClenaghan in the Portstewart laundrette where she worked.

Pamela Henry was with Marion Millican in the laundrette when she was murdered.

“I just miss her so much, it’s terrible. Trying to say he [Fred McClenaghan] didn’t do it…the day he came in the door, he came in to shoot her and that is what he did.”

Belfast Crown Court judge, Mr Justice Coulton said he will hold a tariff hearing next month to determine how long McClenaghan must serve in jail before he is considered for release by Parole Commissioners.

UTV can reveal the taxpayer has so far paid out more than four hundred thousand pounds for killer Fred McClenaghan's legal aid. That is expected to rise when the final bill comes in.