Controlling ex-husband jailed for life for murdering mum-of-four found 'mutilated' under pile of clothes

A CONTROLLING ex-husband who murdered his wife and left her "mutilated" body under a pile of clothes has today been jailed.

Jade Marsh, 27, was "moving on" with her life when she was stabbed and strangled to death by Russell Marsh, 29.

"Consumed with self pity and jealousy", the monster told their son Jade had kissed another man after sneaking into the home in the dead of night.

He then stashed the mum-of-four's body under a pile of clothes for the police to find at her home in Shotton, North Wales.

Her brave family clapped the judge as Marsh was jailed for life with a minimum of 25 years after being convicted of murder.

Judge Rhys Rowlands slammed the killer for brutally ending Jade's life in a "savage and merciless attack" simply because she wanted to move on.

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Sentencing, he added: "You sneaked upstairs where the victim was, not before going and telling your son that their mum had kissed another man. You had armed yourself with a knife from the kitchen before going upstairs.

"You wanted to make Ms Ward suffer. She'd have woken in the dark to find you in her bedroom."

Judge Rowlands said the mum-of-four would have endured an "excruciating" amount of pain.

The court was told night shift worker Marsh told his bosses on the night Jade died he needed to leave work early because his brother had attempted suicide.

But he was instead tracked by CCTV, ANPR cameras, and phone masts heading to his former family home.

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Once there, Marsh stabbed then strangled the mum-of-four before telling police he had "done something horrible" and said they would find the Co-op worker dead in her bed.

Police forced their way in and discovered the bedroom door had been secured with a dressing gown cord.

Jade was found in her bloodstained pyjamas buried beneath a pile of clothes on August 26 last year.

A pathology report found she had suffered multiple wounds “across her body” – including her face and arms – and she had grip mark bruises.

There was also evidence of "defensive” wounds sustained around the hands showing she had “made efforts to fight off” her attacker.

'AWFUL NIGHTMARE'

Prosecutor Michael Jones QC said Jade's body had been "mutilated" and her "horrific" cause of death was given as asphyxiation that could only be carried out by another person.

The couple had separated on three occasions but split for good in the summer of 2021 following a nine-year relationship.

Jade had started to move on with her life and was seen kissing another man at a party, which had got back to Marsh.

She was described as a "lovely, bubbly and popular girl" in tributes after her death.

Her brother Kyle Robinson said Jade would "always be [his] precious little sister".

He added: "We long to hear her voice, see her active on social media. Just any sign that will make this awful nightmare less of a reality.

"In some respects, he has orphaned his children as they no longer have a mother or a father.

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"A mum shouldn't die before having raised her children.

"He believed he had the right, the entitlement, to take her away from the world."

How you can get help

Women’s Aid has this advice for victims and their families:

  • Always keep your phone nearby.
  • Get in touch with charities for help, including the Women’s Aid live chat helpline and services such as SupportLine.
  • If you are in danger, call 999.
  • Familiarise yourself with the Silent Solution, reporting abuse without speaking down the phone, instead dialing “55”.
  • Always keep some money on you, including change for a pay phone or bus fare.
  • If you suspect your partner is about to attack you, try to go to a lower-risk area of the house – for example, where there is a way out and access to a telephone.
  • Avoid the kitchen and garage, where there are likely to be knives or other weapons. Avoid rooms where you might become trapped, such as the bathroom, or where you might be shut into a cupboard or other small space.

If you are a ­victim of domestic abuse, SupportLine is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6pm to 8pm on 01708 765200. The charity’s email support ­service is open weekdays and weekends during the crisis – [email protected]

Women’s Aid provides a live chat service – available weekdays from 8am-6pm and weekends 10am-6pm.

You can also call the freephone 24-hour ­National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247.


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