Barry McCarney was today given the life sentence tariff in Belfast Crown Court for the murder of 15-month-old Millie Martin in what the judge described as a ‘sadistic sexual assault’.
But Rachael Martin, the toddler’s mother, criticised the sentence, saying: ‘Twenty-five years isn’t long enough.’
Her mother and Millie’s grandmother Margaret Graham said 33-year-old McCarney, who was not the child’s father, should never be freed.
She said: ‘It wasn’t long enough – life should be life.’
‘He should never see the light of day again. We won’t ever see Millie, her mummy won’t ever see her wee daughter and life should mean life.’
McCarney took Millie to Erne Hospital in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland after she sustained serious injuries from his attacks.
He was filmed trying to give her CPR, but the 15-month-old girl later died.