Husband killer still missing

Suwei Shang
Suwei Shang

Police are stil seeking a Chinese woman who went missing while on bail for killing her husband.

Suwei Shang was last seen in the South Belfast area on Wednesday, April 24.

Police have said they are “becoming extremely concerned for the welfare” of 39 year-old Shang and are continuing their appeals for information on her whereabouts.

She is described as Chinese nationality, approximately 5’7” tall and of slim build, 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.”

Police believe that Suwei Shang may have links to the Derry, Lurgan and Newtownabbey areas. The 39-year-old had worked as a nurse in China before coming to Northern Ireland in 2005.

In May last year it was revealed Shang was due to be deported on November 5, 2011, as her visa application had been denied.

The PSNI 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”.

Shang, who was initally charged with murdering her husband, last month pleaded guilty to his manslaughter. She stabbed Damien Keenan in their Francis Street home on 31 October 2011, two months after they were married.

Mr Keenan, a 51-year-old father of two and grandfather, was taken to hospital where he died the following day.

Shang pleaded guilty to his manslaughter at Belfast Crown Court on April 12 and the plea to the lesser charge was acceptable to the crown, after they consulted with Mr Keenan’s family, police and the Director of Public Prosecutions.

There were no police objections to Shang being released on bail to an address at a women’s shelter in Belfast until sentence was passed.

Sentencing had been adjourned until this month for a probation pre-sentence and psychiatric reports to be compiled.