Police inspector to be sentenced for murder of wife

Police inspector to be sentenced for murder of detective constable wife

Darren McKie is to be sentenced for murder (Credit: Cheshire Police)

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

A police inspector is to be sentenced for murdering his detective constable wife, whose body was found in a lake.

Darren McKie could be handed a life prison sentence, after he was found guilty of the murder of his wife Leanne.

The 39-year-old was discovered in Poynton Lake, Cheshire, having been strangled in September.

The court heard the couple were more than £115,000 in debt at the time of the woman's death and McKie had applied for loans in both his and his wife's names.

On the morning of the day of Leanne McKie's death, she had been at their home in Wilmslow when her passport and salary details, accessed from the police system by her husband, were returned after being used in an application for a £54,000 loan.

The court heard her husband then arrived back home after she had sent him text messages confronting him about the loan application and calling him a "liar."

The prosecution said the man strangled his wife and put her body in the boot of her red Mini Countryman car, which he drove away from the property before returning on foot to show a surveyor in to value the house.

Early the next day police saw the man walking towards his home hours before the woman's body was found.

The next time police saw him they noted that he wasn't wearing shoes. The court heard his trainers had later been found in a wheelie bin with his wife's blood on.

At first the 43-year-old denied being responsible for the death of the mother-of-three however nine days into his trial at Chester Crown Court he pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

On Friday (March 23) the court found him guilty of murder. McKie is to be sentenced by Judge Justice Spencer later today (March 27).