Husband awaits sentence for wife’s manslaughter

Ipswich Crown Court. Picture: ARCHANT

Ipswich Crown Court. Picture: ARCHANT - Credit: ARCHANT

A 61-year-old Felixstowe man who is awaiting sentence for the manslaughter of his wife, who was stabbed to death in their bungalow, has had his case adjourned until next month.

Shaun Ryan was initially charged with murdering his 67-year-old wife Jean at their Gosford Way home in April 2016 but earlier this year he admitted manslaughter based on the state of his mental health at the time of the killing.

Ryan is currently the subject of an interim hospital order to allow him to receive treatment and be assessed by doctors at a hospital in Northampton.

On Thursday Judge David Goodin extended the order for a further four weeks until October 25.

During Ryan’s trial, which was stopped last year because of concerns about his health, jurors heard that police officers found him standing in a hallway with cuts to his hands and arms, which a pathologist said could have been caused as his wife tried to defend herself.

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Officers then discovered Mrs Ryan’s body on the bedroom floor, with a knife in her back.

She had been stabbed 14 times.

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