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Felixstowe man convicted in connection with fatal stabbing of his wife

A 63-year-old man from Felixstowe has been convicted in connection with the fatal stabbing of his wife over two years ago.

Shaun Ryan appeared at Ipswich Crown Court yesterday, Monday 11 June, where he admitted manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

Police were called to the home of Ryan and his wife Jean, aged 67, at around 10.30pm on Wednesday 13 April 2016, after Jean had made a distress call to 999.

When officers arrived they were let into the property by Shaun Ryan and discovered Jean in the bedroom with a knife in her back.

Paramedics attended and Jean was declared deceased at the scene. A Home Office Post-Mortem examination concluded that the cause of death was as the result of a stab wound.

Shaun Ryan was arrested on suspicion of murder at their home on that evening and later charged with the offence.

A murder trial was initially set for June last year, but Ryan was not deemed fit to proceed, so the jury was discharged.

A second trial was due to begin this week, but Ryan subsequently accepted the charge of manslaughter by diminished responsibility.

Ryan has been remanded in custody and proceedings have been adjourned for medical reports to be compiled. There will be a next hearing on Monday 6 August, but he will not be sentenced until a date after that.  

Previous release | 18 April 2016

Detectives investigating the murder of a woman in Felixstowe last week are now naming the victim.

Police were called to an address in Gosford Way at 10.30pm on Wednesday 13 April after receiving a call from a woman in distress. When officers arrived at the property they discovered a woman with serious injuries.

Paramedics attended the address but the woman was declared deceased at the scene. A Home Office post mortem examination concluded that the cause of death was a stab wound.

The victim has been formally identified this afternoon, Monday 18 April, as Jean Ryan, aged 67, of Gosford Way, Felixstowe.

61-year-old Shaun Ryan, of the same address, was charged with murder on Saturday 16 April. The accused and victim were husband and wife.

Shaun Ryan appeared before Ipswich Magistrates’ Court this morning where he was remanded in custody pending an appearance at Ipswich Crown Court tomorrow, Tuesday 19 April.