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Mr Justice Colton varied the defendant's bail to allow him to leave the jurisdiction (stock photo)

Mr Justice Colton varied the defendant's bail to allow him to leave the jurisdiction (stock photo)

Mr Justice Colton varied the defendant's bail to allow him to leave the jurisdiction (stock photo)

A 42-year-old man due to stand trial later this year on a charge of murdering his wife during a boat trip in Co Fermanagh has had his bail conditions varied.

Stephen McKinney will now be allowed to return home and is also allowed to enter Strabane for "legal consultations".

Belfast Crown Court heard that McKinney, who has surrendered his passport and is not permitted to travel outside Northern Ireland as part of his bail conditions, was worried about his home and wanted to check on the house just over the border on the outskirts of Lifford.

Mr Justice Colton varied his bail to allow him to leave the jurisdiction. He also granted leave, upon giving police at least 24 hours notice, to enter Strabane, Co Tyrone, to visit the offices of his solicitors.

McKinney denies murdering his wife Lu Na (35), whose body was recovered from water near Devenish Island on Lower Lough Erne during a boating holiday in April 2017.

When McKinney, now with an address in Castletown Square in Fintona, was returned for trial at Belfast Crown Court last month, his bail was varied then to allow him to enter Strabane to visit his wife's grave on the anniversary of her death.

Belfast Telegraph