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Trial of senior police officer accused of murdering his wife

Darren McKie, 43, denies murdering his wife Leanne McKie, 39, a detective constable, whose body was found in Poynton Lake in Cheshire in September last year.

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Court hears McKie took loan out in wife's name

The jury was told Darren McKie - the senior police officer accused of murdering his wife - had sent his and his wife's passport and proof of earnings to loan company Fluent Finance to apply for a loan of £54,000 and on the day of her alleged murder Mrs McKie received a letter from the firm.

At 11.20am on the day she died, she sent her husband a message which said:

You liar. Just got back a loan application with my passport and my name. Wtf.

– Text message from Leanne McKie to her husband Darren McKie

I asked you and you promised. Fluent Finance? Who are they? Are we in such a mess? Why again? The kids need clothes and shoes what's going on?

– Text message from Leanne McKie to her husband Darren McKie

I'm coming home.

– McKie's replied to Leanne

The court heard he left Stretford police station, where he worked, just after 11.30am, although he had been due to finish work at 3pm.

Mrs McKie had been due to go into work for 3pm that day but never arrived.

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