Northern Ireland

Stephen McKinney charged with wife's boating murder

Boat at jetty in Lough Erne Image copyright PAcemaker
Image caption Lu Na McKinney died in an incident in Fermanagh in April

A 41-year-old man has appeared in court in Omagh charged with murdering his wife.

Lu Na McKinney, who is originally from China, was on holiday in County Fermanagh with her husband and two children last April.

The 35-year-old went into the water at Devenish Island, Fermanagh.

Stephen McKinney was arrested in Londonderry last week and was charged with murdering his wife in court on Tuesday.

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Image caption Stephen McKinney was arrested in Londonderry last week

The accused with an address at The Flax Fields, Convoy, Lifford, County Donegal, spoke only to confirm his name and that he understood the charge.

Objecting to bail, a detective inspector told the court that the police considered Mr McKinney a flight risk because he has money and property in China.

He also said there was a concern about further offending, as the police believed there was premeditation in this case.

The inspector said Mr McKinney had given his two children, who are aged 14 and 11, permission to speak to the police.

However, he said that so far, they were refusing to do so. The inspector said that in interviews, people had said they had a genuine fear about what Mr McKinney might do, if released.

Bail was refused and he was remanded in custody to appear again by video link in Enniskillen next Monday.