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Guilty of murdering wife on Lough Erne

Stephen McKinney has been found guilty of murdering his wife following a 12 week trial at Dungannon Crown Court.

Aged 44 and from Castletown Square, Fintona but previously of Convoy, Donegal, McKinney denied murdering Lu Na on 13 April 2017, during a trip on a hired cruiser on Lough Erne.

Ahead of sending the jury out to commence deliberations, Madam Justice McBride advised an alternative verdict of manslaughter would be acceptable.

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However the jury took just over an hour to return a unanimous guilty verdict of murder.

McKinney remained more or less as impassive as he had throughout the trial, only swaying slightly, when the verdict was delivered, then drinking from a bottle of water.

The judge told him: “You have been convicted of murder. The only sentence I can impose is one of life imprisonment.”

A date is to be fixed for the minimum term McKinney will spend in custody.

 

For much more on this story see next week’s Fermanagh Herald.

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