Police under fire after bailed husband killer goes on the run
Published 05/05/2013 | 18:47
Questions have been raised after a ‘black widow’ who admitted killing her husband was then given bail — only to disappear.
Suwei Shang pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of her husband Damien Keenan in Londonderry last month.
But she was allowed to go free until her sentencing, and has now gone missing.
The Chinese woman had been married to the 51-year-old grandad and father-of-two for just two months when she stabbed him to death on Halloween night 2011.
Shang was facing deportation on November 5, 2011, and it is believed she may have been involved in prostitution.
A court hearing was told that the motivation for the fatal stabbing may have been rooted in Shang's frustration that her husband was not doing enough to prevent her from being deported.
At another hearing, Shang, who is believed to have arrived in Northern Ireland in 2005, was revealed to have around £100,000 in her bank account.
It is believed she married Mr Keenan in a last-ditch attempt to avoid deportation.
Ahead of the start of the murder trial last month, Shang asked for the charges to be put to her again and pleaded guilty to
manslaughter. After hearing there were no police objections, Mr Justice Weir released her on continuing bail to allow for pre-sentence reports and a victim impact statement to be compiled ahead of handing down sentence this month.
Last night police said the 39-year-old had been missing since Wednesday, April 24, and they have grown “extremely concerned” for her well-being.
DUP councillor Gary Middleton said he was outraged that a self-confessed killer had been freed on bail.
“There's two things here. Firstly the safety of the public, and then the safety of her,” he said.
“I have seen, especially lately with the flag protests, people given stringent bail conditions or had it refused for less serious offences and questions will have to be asked as to why this woman was out on bail — it's unbelievable.”
When Shang was initially charged with murder she was refused bail and remanded in custody at Hydebank.
She is 5ft 7ins tall, of slim build with pale complexion, brown eyes, dark hair and was last seen wearing a black quilted jacket and jeans.
She was riding a black bicycle with a basket on the front in the south Belfast area.
It is believed that she may have links to the Derry, Lurgan and Newtownabbey areas, police said.