Russell Norman James Marsh, 29, from Shotton in Flintshire, has been convicted of murdering ex-wife Jade Marsh, also known as Jade Ward. who was described as a ‘lovely, bubbly and popular girl’
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An ex-husband has been found guilty of murdering a “lovely, bubbly and popular” mum-of-four in her home.
Russell Norman James Marsh, 29, from Shotton, Flintshire, has been convicted of murdering his ex-wife Jade Marsh, who was also known as Jade Ward, last summer.
The 27-year-old was slashed, stabbed and strangled in her own bed before being buried under a pile of clothes, North Wales Live reports.
Marsh had denied a charge of murder and an alternative charge of manslaughter.
Ms Ward, 27, was described as a ‘lovely, bubbly and popular girl’ after she was found dead at her Shotton home on Thursday, August 26 last year.
Marsh had claimed this week that he believed she was “trying to drive him to suicide” in order to claim a £1m life insurance pay-out.
Daily Post Wales)
After the judge summed up the case on Wednesday, the jury was sent out this afternoon to consider their verdict. Around two hours later they returned to court and found him guilty of murder.
The court heard that Marsh will be sentenced “sooner rather than later”, according to Judge Rhys Rowlands so that the family can see the case come to a conclusion. This will happen on Tuesday, April 12.
Addressing Marsh, the judge said: “She lost her life at your hands in what was a brutal and remarkably cruel attack after ending a relationship. I shudder to think.
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“Her young children were just yards away when you did what you did.
“I watched you throughout this trial and you haven’t shown the slightest bit of remorse. There can only be one sentence for murder and that is of life imprisonment.”
He commended the friends and family for their “remarkable” restraint after listening to “falsehoods and slurs” aimed at Ms Ward and her family.
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“It can’t have been easy for them,” said the judge.
Members of Ms Ward’s family leaned over the public gallery and thanked the jury as they left the court.
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