Manchester policeman admits manslaughter

15 March 2018, 15:16 | Updated: 15 March 2018, 15:17

Darren McKie

A Greater Manchester police inspector has admitted the manslaughter of his detective constable wife.

Darren McKie, 43, changed his plea to admit killing wife Leanne, 39, just before he was due to give evidence at Chester Crown Court on Thursday.

Her body was found in Poynton Lake, Cheshire, on September 29 last year.

He continues to face trial for her murder.

The jury was told the issue to consider in the case was whether he intended to kill her or cause her serious harm.

Trevor Burke QC, defending, said he would be calling no evidence in the case.

The court has heard the couple had more than £100,000 of debt at the time of her death, including £45,000 on credit cards, £40,000 on loans and £17,000 owed for work carried out on their new house.

Mrs McKie sent her husband a text saying "liar" on the morning of her death, after discovering he had applied for a £54,000 loan in her name, the jury has been told.

Her body was found at about 3.45am on September 29, and the court has heard a post-mortem examination showed evidence consistent with her having been strangled to death at about midday the day before.

The trial has been adjourned until Monday at midday.