COP IN COURT OVER WPC WIFE’S ‘MUR­DER’

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A PO­LICE sergeant has ap­peared in court ac­cused of mur­der­ing his wife, her­self a de­tec­tive with the same force.

Dar­ren McKie, 43, is al­leged to have mur­dered his wife Leanne, 39, at the home they shared with their three young chil­dren in Wilm­slow, Cheshire on Thurs­day evening.

Both served with Greater Manch­ester Po­lice. FOUND DEAD: Mrs McKie AC­CUSED: Sergeant Dar­ren McKie is be­ing held

McKie, un­shaven and wear­ing a grey sweat­shirt and jog­ging bot­toms, was flanked by two dock of­fi­cers as he ap­peared at Crewe Mag­is­trates’ Court.

His hand­cuffs were taken off and he nod­ded to con­firm his name, age and ad­dress to the court clerk dur­ing the hear­ing, which lasted a minute.

Two el­derly rel­a­tives, be­lieved to be the de­fen­dant’s par­ents, sat in the pub­lic gallery.

No plea was en­tered and re­port­ing re­stric­tions were not lifted.

Rachel Bar­ber, prose­cut­ing, told mag­is­trates the charge of mur­der can only be dealt with at the Crown Court, which will also deal with an ap­pli­ca­tion for bail by the de­fen­dant.

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