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deviant ­Stephen McKinney dumped his wife in Lough Erne after years of forcing her into sexual acts

The callous killer even called his wife and told her "a beautiful girl" was performing a sex act on him under the table at that very moment.

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Stephen McKinney has been convicted of the murder and told he will serve a life sentence.

Stephen McKinney has been convicted of the murder and told he will serve a life sentence.

Stephen McKinney has been convicted of the murder and told he will serve a life sentence.

Cold-hearted wife killer ­Stephen McKinney dumped his wife in Lough Erne after years of forcing her into sexual acts she didn't want to do.

We can reveal that despite looking like a harmless schoolteacher, the 44-year-old was a sex-obsessed deviant who bullied his put-upon wife into painful sex.

He cruelly degraded her, telling her she was a "vegetable" in bed, and the callous killer even called his wife and told her "a beautiful girl" was performing a sex act on him under the table at that very moment.

To compound his cruelty, he even sent his wife videos of him having sex with other women and wanted her to take part in sordid threesomes. One source close to the case told the Sunday World: "McKinney was obsessed with oral sex."

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Lu Na McKinney's body was recovered from
Lough Erne after her evil husband Stephen had killed her.

Lu Na McKinney's body was recovered from Lough Erne after her evil husband Stephen had killed her.

Lu Na McKinney's body was recovered from Lough Erne after her evil husband Stephen had killed her.

This week, following a second trial, Strabane man McKinney was convicted of the murder and told he will serve a life sentence; the minimum tariff will be set at a later date.

After listening to 12 weeks of evidence, the jury took less than two hours to find him guilty of murder.

Lu Na McKinney's body was recovered from Lough Erne beside a jetty on ­Devenish Island where the couple, along with their two children, had been staying during the Easter holidays in April 2017.

McKinney told the police that his wife had fallen into the water after going on deck to check the mooring ropes.

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Lu Na McKinney's body was recovered from
Lough Erne after her evil husband Stephen had killed her.

Lu Na McKinney's body was recovered from Lough Erne after her evil husband Stephen had killed her.

Lu Na McKinney's body was recovered from Lough Erne after her evil husband Stephen had killed her.

But the truth was much darker.

Despite knowing their two young children were sleeping just a few feet away on the small cruiser, McKinney didn't hesitate in executing his long thought-out plan to drug their mother and drop her into the ­ freezing water.

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He even poured water over himself so he could tell police he had jumped in to try to save her, when in truth he stood and watched, only calling emergency services when he knew his wife was doomed.

During two 999 calls for help he put on a performance worthy of an Oscar but it was this hammed-up phone call that helped convict the monster. The calls were described in court as providing a "ringside seat" into what happened.

Throughout the distressing call, played to the jury, McKinney is seemingly in a heightened state of distress, unable to answer simple questions, as he tries to convince the call handler he had jumped in after his wife had slipped in to try and save her.

He says: "My wife fell in the lake... I can't see her... I jumped in to try and get her but now I can't see her... please, please, please can someone help her."

He cries uncontrollably throughout and breathes heavy and starts whispering repeatedly, "I'm so cold, I'm so cold".

He certainly was cold but not because he'd jumped into the icy waters of Lough Erne to try to save his drowning wife.

Instead, police found several bottles of water which the prosecution said he had poured over himself to give the impression he'd been in the Lough.

As the call handlers keep him talking on the line, they are unaware they are talking to a man who has just committed his first murder, and they console him when he cries that he couldn't save her by telling him: "You've done as much as you can."

But police listening to the calls, which lasted for 40 minutes in total, became concerned by one telling mistake.

"Throughout that lengthy call to 999 which goes on for 40 minutes Stephen McKinney doesn't call out for his wife once," said a source close to the case.

"He's standing, supposedly at the water's edge or on the boat, having just got out of the water having failed in rescuing her, but for 40 minutes he doesn't shout her name. That was telling."

While listening to the 999 recordings in court, McKinney showed emotion for the first and only time during the trial and soon returned to staring straight ahead, emotionless.

Cocky McKinney gave himself away in police interviews when he gave a perfect picture of his marriage and how wonderful his life was with his wife. It didn't take long for the police to figure out that wasn't the case and for detectives to discover they were dealing with a sex-crazed killer.

Police seized mobile phones and computers from McKinney which led to the recovery of Skype chats, sex videos and sexual images involving the defendant, his wife and other unknown individuals.

We can now reveal among the videos, images and recorded calls discovered, detectives found how McKinney had taunted his wife about having sex with other women.

"Obviously this upset Lu Na and he coaxed her into doing degrading sex acts in order for him not to go to other women.

"This included a certain painful sex act, which she was against, but ended up doing to please him. He sent her images of him having sex with another woman and wanted threesomes.

"He wanted to film themselves having sex and he wanted her to watch him having sex with other women. He was obsessed with oral sex."

The court was told that shortly before being murdered Lu Na had consulted divorce lawyers and that McKinney confessed to his wife of having an affair, while she told a friend of meeting a "soul mate" - a man called 'Kenny'.

The prosecution said McKinney had grown tired of his wife, but could not accept she may divorce him.

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