Friday, 23 March 2018

Police inspector Darren McKie guilty of wife's murder



A police inspector has been found guilty of murdering his wife and dumping her body in a lake.

 
Darren McKie, 43, denied murdering his wife Leanne but admitted manslaughter towards the end of his trial.


Mrs McKie, 39, a detective constable, was found strangled in Poynton Lake in Cheshire on 29 September.


Jurors at Chester Crown Court deliberated for almost two days before reaching a majority verdict.


McKie will be sentenced on Tuesday.


The couple, who both worked for Greater Manchester Police, had financial problems and owed more than £100,000, the court heard.


They had appeared to be a "perfect family" but were really living "well beyond their means", prosecutors said.


The father-of-three, who had 20 years of police service, strangled his wife after she discovered he had made a joint application for a £54,000 loan without her consent.


McKie had forged his wife's signature repeatedly, using her warrant number and wage documents for the application, the jury heard.


Prosecutor Nigel Power QC told the court: "What produced the argument that led to her death was that he'd been found out in committing serious criminal offences."


The court heard McKie had left work at Stretford police station abruptly at about 11:30 GMT on the day of his wife's death, after receiving a text message from her revealing she had discovered the loan application.


Mr Power said McKie then "determinedly strangled his wife to death", involving significant force for at least a minute.




BBC         News.