Northern Ireland

Charlotte Murray killer must serve at least 16 years for murder

 Charlotte Murray's killer Johnny Miller
 Charlotte Murray's killer Johnny Miller  Charlotte Murray's killer Johnny Miller

Police have appealed to directly to Charlotte Murray’s murderer to give up her body.

A senior detective from PSNI’s Major Investigation Team have asked Johnny Miller, 48, from Moy to give up her body after he received a 16 year prison sentence at Dungannon Court.

Johnny Miller was found guilty in October 2018 of murdering the 34 year old Omagh woman.

Charlotte, who is a twin, went missing from the Tyrone area around seven years ago and police believe she was murdered sometime between 31 October and 1 November 2012.

Detective Chief Inspector Eamonn Corrigan said: “Johnny Miller has been sentenced today for killing Charlotte Murray but the only explanation he’s given about Charlotte’s disappearance are the lies that the jury ultimately rejected.

“He still refuses to say where her remains are. This is denying her friends and family the chance to say their final goodbyes and to know the truth about what happened to her.

His cowardly silence is cruel and is prolonging the suffering and distress for Charlotte’s family. They have already been through unimaginable turmoil and have been robbed of the normal events they should have enjoyed as a family over the past seven years.

“I am appealing directly to Johnny Miller. Johnny imagine it is your mother standing where Charlotte’s mother Mary stands today. Not able to lay her child to rest. Do the decent thing, end this suffering and tell us where Charlotte is.

“It’s possible other people also know where Charlotte’s body is or what happened to her.  If you do, come forward now with the information as we need to bring Charlotte home to her family.  It is the honourable thing to do and is the very least Charlotte’s family deserve.

“What if this was your daughter or sister?

“I am immensely proud of the painstaking investigation carried out by dedicated detectives over the years to make sure that Johnny Miller is now behind bars. Normally sentencing brings an element of closure for a family after a loved one is murdered. However, there is still no closure for the Murray family - only continued suffering and unanswered questions.

“Please call police with any information, no matter how insignificant you think it is.  We can be contacted on 101. Alternatively, if you want to remain anonymous you can call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Mr Miller was unanimously convicted last October by a jury of being the "cold calculating murderer" who killed his 34-year-old ex-fiancée.

His trial heard that sometime between October 31 and November 2, 2012, he murdered Ms Murray in a rage when sent explicit images of herself in the arms of another man.

In answer to these claims, Miller maintained that she simply left their Roxborough Heights, in The Moy, Co Tyrone, to take up a job in Belfast, leaving him her car, which he sold to pay off her debts to him, and her beloved dog Bella to look after.

In the aftermath of his conviction Ms Murray's identical twin sister Denise, appealed on behalf of their mother Mary and family for "Mr Miller to do the decent thing, the honourable thing and let us know where Charlotte's body is, so we can bring her home".

To date Mr Miller has kept that secret to himself, maintaining she still is alive, while "assiduous, thorough, wide-ranging, comprehensive inquiry...gargantuan efforts" by police has established there was not a shred of evidence to suggest this is the case.