Susan Baird
Susan Baird

Gary Baird appeared before Belfast Crown Court today, 10 July, having previously pleaded guilty to killing his wife, Susan.

Mrs Susan Baird, who was 60 years old, was attacked in the couple’s south Belfast home in August 2020.

Today, the 65-year-old defendant was sentenced to serve seven years, three in custody and four on licence, for manslaughter by way of diminished responsibility.

Detective Inspector Jennifer Rea said: “The investigation began with the defendant reporting his actions to police.  While proceedings have concluded with today’s sentencing, I know that the couple’s children, wider family and friends remain submerged in sorrow.  My sincere thoughts are with them.”


As the four children of Susan Baird, we welcome and accept the verdict of manslaughter with diminished responsibility. Through our immense heartbreak, we hope to see improvements and better funding in mental health services across Northern Ireland.

All family members wish to extend their heartfelt thanks to all who have shown kindness, and we ask for privacy as we continue in our grief.