A Co Tyrone man has been jailed for life for murdering his wife as their children slept on the first night of a family boating holiday on Fermanagh's Lower Lough Erne over four years ago.

Following a unanimous guilty verdict, Judge Denise McBride told 44-year-old father of two Stephen McKinney that he had been "convicted of murder and the only sentence I can impose is one of life imprisonment".

McKinney will have to wait before the court later rules on how long he must serve before being consider for release from the life term by the Parole Commissioners.

The Dungannon Crown Court jury of eight men and four women took just over an hour and a half to reach their unanimous verdict at the end of his 12-week trial into what occurred at the Devenish Island west jetty before his 40-minute 999 call for help in the early hours of 13 April, 2017.

The prosecution had put forward a circumstantial case accusing McKinney of being a con artist and a liar and in reality a controlling man who had tired of his 35-year-old wife Lu Na, yet feared she might divorce him.

Prosecution QC Richard Weir contended that McKinney caused Lu Na to "enter the water of the Lower Lough", that he "killed her" and her death "was no tragic boating accident".

McKinney had claimed his wife, who had taken at least one sleeping tablet, simply disappeared off the end of the hire-cruiser into "blackness" after going to check the mooring ropes and that he did everything to save her.

It is the second time that Mr McKinney originally from Strabane, and who lived with his wife and children in Convoy, Co Donegal, but bailed to live in Castletown Square, Fintona, Co Tyrone, has been on trial.

Last year his original trial for the murder of his wife between 11 and 14 April 2017, had to be adjourned because of the start of the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic.