A British officer of the law murdered his wife and then hid her body in a nearby lake, as reported by the BBC.
Darren McKie, 43, was found guilty on Friday of murdering his wife, Leanne McKie, on September 29, 2017. The couple have three children together.
He “determinedly strangled his wife to death” after she confronted him about applying for a loan for over $70,000. Additionally, according to court records, Darren owed more than $150,000 to various financial institutions and the murderer made a habit out of forging his wife’s signature to get further and further in debt.
“What produced the argument that led to her death was that he’d been found out in committing serious criminal offenses,” Prosecutor Nigel Power QC told the court.
Witnesses testified that, after he committed the crime, the 20-year veteran of Greater Manchester Police was seen letting a surveyor into his home and laughing with other parents during a school meeting.
At that time, investigators believe he had not yet thrown the body into a nearby lake and that it was hidden under the stairs of his home.
Her body was discovered later that night in the shallow waters of Poynton Lake.
Authorities also told the court that McKie repeatedly texted his wife’s phone after the murder, ostensibly in an attempt to throw them off the trail. They also stated that he showed “no emotion” while in police custody.
“This is a very tragic case, we have got three children here who have been left without a mother – and sadly also a father – because of his actions,” Detective Aaron Duggan told the court.
A former colleague took the witness stand and addressed Darren as a “coward” who refused to “admit responsibility for his actions.”
The victim was also a veteran of the Greater Manchester Police.
“Leanne was a hard-working officer who showed the utmost professionalism,” Deputy Chief Constable Ian Pilling said. “She worked as a detective in the serious sexual offenses unit and supported victims when they were at their most vulnerable.”
[Featured Image: Chester Crown Court]