Chinese woman awaiting sentence for killing Derry husband goes missing

Suwei Shang who admitted the manslaughter of her husband Damian Keenan, also pictured.
Suwei Shang who admitted the manslaughter of her husband Damian Keenan, also pictured.

A Chinese woman has gone missing while on bail awaiting sentence for killing her husband in Derry, the PSNI revealed this evening.

Police say they are “becoming extremely concerned for the welfare” of 39 year-old Suwei Shang, who was last seen in the South Belfast area on Wednesday, April 24 and are appealing for information on her whereabouts.

She is described as Chinese nationality, approximately 5’7” tall and of slim build, with pale complexion with brown eyes, dark hair, which is often tied back in a pony tail.

A PSNI spokeswoman said: “When last seen Suwei was wearing a black quilted jacket and jeans and riding a black bicycle with a basket on the front.”

It is believed that Suwei Shang may have links to the Derry, Lurgan and Newtownabbey areas, the spokeswoman said.

“Suwei Shang is asked to present herself to a local police station or indeed if anyone knows of Suwei Shang’s whereabouts, they are asked to contact Musgrave Police Station on 0845 600 8000,” the PSNI spokeswoman added.

Suwei Shang, who was charged with murdering her husband at their home in Derry 18 months ago, last month pleaded guilty to his manslaughter. She stabbed Damien Keenan in their Francis Street home on 31 October 2011.

The couple had been married for two months when the fatal stabbing took place.

Mr Keenan, 51, was taken to hospital where he died the following day.

At Antrim Crown Court, sitting in Belfast on April 12, prosecution barrister, Frank O’Donoghue QC, 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.

A defence barrister asked for the charge to be put to her again and Shang told the court: “I don’t plead guilty for murder but I do plead guilty for manslaughter”.

After hearing there were no police objections, Mr Justice Weir released Shang on continuing bail.

Sentence was adjourned until this month when pre-sentence probations reports, psychiatric reports and victim impact statements have been compiled.