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lakelands death Trial begins of Tyrone man accused of murdering wife on boating holiday on Lough Erne

Lu Na McKinney's body was found in April 2017

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Steven McKinney denies murdering his wife, Lu Na McKinney PIC PACEMAKER

Steven McKinney denies murdering his wife, Lu Na McKinney PIC PACEMAKER

Steven McKinney denies murdering his wife, Lu Na McKinney PIC PACEMAKER

The trial has begun of a County Tyrone man accused of murdering his wife while on a boating trip in County Fermanagh.

Stephen McKinney (44) from Castletown Square in Fintona is accused of murdering Lu Na McKinney (35) in April, 2017.

Mrs McKinney's body was found in the water near a jetty at Devenish Island on Lough Erne.

The trial, which is expected to last up to 10 weeks, will hear evidence from 70 witnesses.

Mr McKinney denies killing his wife, who couldn’t swim, claiming she accidentally drowned after falling into the water when she was checking the ropes of the boat during the night.

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Mrs McKinney's body was found near the pier on Devenish Island on Lough Erne

Mrs McKinney's body was found near the pier on Devenish Island on Lough Erne

Mrs McKinney's body was found near the pier on Devenish Island on Lough Erne

The couple had hired the boat for an Easter break on the Fermanagh waterways with their two children.

The family had been living in County Donegal at the time of the death of Mrs McKinney, originally from China.

The coronavirus crisis has already hampered the trial, delaying jury selection.

At Dungannon Crown Court, prosecuting QC, Richard Weir, told the court that the incident was "not a tragic boating accident".

He added that the prosecution would argue Mr McKinney had killed his wife.

He also said Mr McKinney had given conflicting accounts of how his wife had got into trouble in the water and described the defendant as a "controlling man" who was not prepared to accept that his wife might divorce him.

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