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Seventeen year sentence for Felixstowe man who fatally stabbed his wife

Shaun Ryan killed his wife Jean Ryan at their home in April 2016. Photo: Suffolk Police

A man from Felixstowe who stabbed and killed his wife has been given a 17-year sentence.

64-year-old Shaun Ryan killed 67-year-old Jean Ryan at their home in Gosford Way on April 13 2016.

Suffolk Police arrived at the address after receiving a 999 call from Mrs Ryan shouting for help before the call cut off.

When they arrived at the property, Shaun Ryan called out to them to "come in”. They were directed around the side of the property to the rear door, finding spots of blood on the path in the process.

When the officers entered the bungalow, they found Shaun Ryan standing in the kitchen with blood on his hands. The officers asked him if he was ok to which he replied "Don’t worry about me, you’d better check on her”, gesturing towards another room in the property.

Police found Mrs Ryan lying on the floor with a knife sticking out of her back and there was blood on the walls and the bed.

A post-mortem examination concluded than Jean Ryan had died as a result of a stab wound to her back and had sustained multiple stab wounds, including to her head, chest, abdomen, arms and legs.

Shaun Ryan was arrested and taken into police custody and later charged with murder.

He had previously appeared at the crown court on 11 June 2018 where he admitted manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility in connection with the death of his wife.

Mr Ryan appeared at Ipswich Crown Court yesterday, Wednesday January 30, where he was sentenced to 12 years imprisonment, with an extension of five years’ licence under Section 45A of the Mental Health Act.

His sentence will start in a psychiatric hospital where he will remain indefinitely until he is deemed fit to be transferred to prison.