Leanne mur­der trial date fixed

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

ATRIAL date has been set for a po­lice sergeant ac­cused of mur­der­ing his wife, who was a de­tec­tive in the same force.

Fa­ther-of-three Dar­ren McKie will go be­fore a jury on March 5 next year ac­cused of the mur­der of Leanne McKie, 39, who worked in the se­ri­ous sex­ual of­fences unit at Greater Manch­ester Po­lice (GMP).

The 43-year-old, who did not en­ter a plea, made a brief ap­pear­ance at Ch­ester Crown Court via video-link from HMP Alt­course in Liver­pool. A sched­uled bail ap­plica- tion was not made by his lawyer and the 15-minute hear­ing dealt with pre­trial pro­ce­dural mat­ters which can­not be re­ported.

McKie, wear­ing a grey sweat­shirt, spoke only to con­firm his name and that he could hear pro­ceed­ings via the link to the court­room.

Judge Roger Dut­ton, re­mand­ing the de­fen­dant in cus­tody, told him: “Your case comes for trial pro­vi­sion­ally on the 5th of March, ei­ther here at Ch­ester or at Liver­pool.

“You are re­manded in cus­tody from this date. You will next ap­pear at a pre-trial pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing but the date for that has not been al­lo­cated yet.”

Mrs McKie was found dead in a lake in Poyn­ton Park in the early hours of Friday, Septem­ber 29. Her hus­band was ar­rested shortly after­wards and charged with her mur­der at their home in Wilm­slow, Cheshire.

Po­lice have said they want to speak to a group of four peo­ple who walked past the lake off Lon­don Road North, Poyn­ton, in the di­rec­tion of Stock­port at 12.15am on that Friday.

De­tec­tives said they were keen to hear from any­one who was in the area around Poyn­ton Park be­tween 11.30pm on Septem­ber 28 and 3.30am the fol­low­ing day, and who may have wit­nessed any­thing sus­pi­cious or un­usual.

They also re­it­er­ated their ap­peal to any­one who be­lieves they may have seen Mrs McKie’s red Mini, reg­is­tra­tion num­ber DA12 DFO, in the af­ter­noon of Septem­ber 28 and into the early hours of Septem­ber 29 to come for­ward.

Any­one with any in­for­ma­tion should con­tact Cheshire Po­lice on 101 quot­ing 93 of 29/9/2017.

In­for­ma­tion can also be re­ported anony­mously, via Crimestop­pers, on 0800 555 111.

Mem­bers of the pub­lic with any dash­cam or video footage can up­load it on the Cheshire Po­lice web­site at www.cheshire. po­lice.uk.

Leanne McKie

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