UK news Stephen McKinney’s murder trial hears from policeman who found wife Lu Na’s body in water last news
PremierLeague-News.Com - The trial of a 44-year-old father-of-two accused of murdering his wife during an Easter holiday on Lough Erne has heard how her body was found close to a boat the couple hired.
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! "The trial of a 44-year-old father-of-two accused of murdering his wife during an Easter holiday on Lough Erne has heard how her body was found close to a boat the couple hired. Dungannon Crown Court had already heard that 35-year-old Lu Na McKinney was pulled from the western shore of Devenish Island in the early hours of April 13, 2017, after her husband, Stephen, phoned for help.The defendant, originally from Strabane but now with an address in Castletown Square in Fintona, denies her murder.In court on Tuesday, one of the first officers at the scene said that as he and a colleague arrived in a police boat, they noticed an object in the water and McKinney next to another boat.He told the court: "I shouted to the man, asking him where she had entered the water... but got no reply. I had to repeat it to get an answer".The officer said McKinney was standing at the rear of the boat, using his phone and was wrapped in a red blanket.Having seen the object in the water, he and his colleague manoeuvred their boat into position so they could get on the jetty.After getting on the McKinneys’ boat, he got a clearer view of what was in the water."I could see it was a coat... a black coat with a fur-trimmed hood," he said."I saw what appeared to be a hand just under the surface of the water."I used the boat hook from the police boat to bring this coat towards me. It was a person".
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."(The body) was a female, around 30, of Asian origin and, I believed, clothed in a pair of pyjamas. She was quite pale," he said.Mrs McKinney’s body was placed on the jetty, where attempts to revive her and perform CPR were made.The officer "noticed bubbles" coming from her mouth.She was then moved to another jetty, where a waiting ambulance moved her to hospital.When the officer returned to the boat, he told the defendant he should go for a check-up because he had been in the water.McKinney refused several times before relenting.The policeman told the court that the weather was good on the night of the incident, with little wind and the water calm.Under cross-examination by defence QC Martin O’Rourke, the constable agreed he had asked for a second ambulance for the defendant because he felt he was showing signs of shock and hypothermia.Later, the driver of the police boat said he too saw "a body in the water", dressed in what appeared to be a puffa-type jacket with a fur hood.He said as his colleague was pulling on the body with a boat hook, he saw "a hand".He later described the defendant asking "where’s Lu Na?".When he was asked about the couple’s children, he was told they were asleep and "were unaware of what had happened".He also agreed that he advised the defendant, who appeared to be in shock, to change out of his wet clothes.He further agreed that Mr McKinney repeatedly asked for his wife.The officer accepted that while he said the object in the water was a body, he was only certain that was they case when it was taken out of the water.He also said the defendant had told him that "Lu Na never leaves without her phone" but told the court he could not make much sense of what he was saying.The trial continues."
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