Dad cleared in love triangle murder trial

PUBLISHED: 17:16 04 March 2009 | UPDATED: 16:15 25 August 2010

A WAREHOUSE worker accused of stabbing his lover s husband to death as he slept in his bed has been cleared of murder.

A WAREHOUSE worker accused of stabbing his lover's husband to death as he slept in his bed has been cleared of murder.

Gary McGinley, 24, of Franklin Road, Bexleyheath, was said to have helped a mother-of-two get rid of her husband, Graham Boyne so she would get the matrimonial home.

But on Monday McGinley, a Welling warehouse worker, smiled as he was cleared of the charges at the Old Bailey.

Maria Boyne, 30, of Parkside Avenue, Barnehurst, gave birth to McGinley's baby whilst in prison and was convicted of murder last week.

She blamed McGinley for the murder whilst McGinley blamed her, claiming his lover came to him with blood on her hands.

Both denied murder, but jurors acquitted McGinley after deliberating for 23 hours.

The Old Bailey heard the Boyne marriage hit the rocks after Graham, 41, lost his job as a TV repair man in 2004 and started drinking heavily.

Mrs Boyne often spent nights with other men, but in autumn of 2007 decided to resolve their problems, jurors heard. Yet by the end of the year she was pregnant with McGinley's child.

On April 24 last year, McGinley sent a series of text messages asking for a meeting, including: "Graham made you look like a fool now it is time to get him back for what he has done to you."

Maria then returned home and at 1.01am McGinley made a call from a BT phone box near the Parkside Avenue home and left the voicemail message.

Minutes later Graham Boyne was stabbed 20 times as he lay in bed. His body was not found until around 9.30am when his father turned up at the house.

Mrs Boyne claimed that McGinley murdered her husband after she let him in that night.

But McGinley claimed that he picked up his lover outside the house after she phoned him at around 1am.

He told the court: "Maria was upset and crying. She said she killed Graham.

"I didn't believe her at first, then I saw blood on her hands. I went into the house and she was screaming, 'What have I done?"

Boyne was due to be sentenced yesterday as the Times went to press.

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