Woman admits Derry husband’s manslaughter

Suwei Shang has pleaded guilty to manslaughter.
Suwei Shang has pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

A woman who was charged with her husband’s murder has pleaded guilty to his manslaughter.

Suwei Shang (39) had been due to go on trial for killing her husband Damien Keenan this Monday but at Antrim Crown Court, sitting in Belfast yesterday, defence QC Gregory Berry asked for the charge to be put to her again.

The charge of murder was put to Shang who was flanked by an interperter but she herself told the court: “I don’t plead guilty for murder but I do plead guilty for manslaughter.”

Two months after they were married, the part-time primary school teacher stabbed her 51-year-old husband once in the home they shared at Francis Street in Derry and tragically, he died in hospital the following day, November 1 2011.

The prosecuting QC Frank O’Donoghue told the court that having spoken to Mr Keenan’s family, the police and the Director of the Public Prosecution Service, he had been instructed to accept Shang’s plea to the lesser offence and not to proceed with the murder charge.

After hearing how there were no police objections, Mr Justice Weir released Shang on continuing bail and adjourned passing sentence until May when pre-sentence probations reports, psychiatric reports and victim impact statements have been compiled.