On the run killer sentenced

A Chinese woman who is still on the run after killing her Derry born husband has been sentenced to two and a half years in prison.

Mr Justice Horner imposed the sentence on Suwei Shang at a Belfast court on Friday saying he had the power to sentence the 39-year-old former nurse, despite her absence.

Shang was originally charged with the murder of 51-year-old Damien Keenan who died one day after being stabbed in the Francis Street home the couple shared in November 2011. In April this year, three days before she was due to go on trial, she pleaded guilty to the lesser offence of manslaughter.

Mr. Justice Horner said Shang had admitted in police interviews to stabbing her husband in the stairwell of their home as he tried to get to the second floor bedroom where she slept. She said they had argued the previous evening about sleeping arrangements and that Mr. Keenan had wanted to move from his own bedroom, to share hers. The Judge said she had told police that she did not intend to hurt her husband and that his own movement caused his ultimately fatal injury.

Shang remains on the run.