Family of Jade Ward Urge Ban on Killer Raising her Children

The family of a 29-year-old woman killed by her estranged husband wants the law modified so that he has no influence in their children’s upbringing.

Russell Marsh stabbed and strangled Jade Ward in her Flintshire house while their four children slept.

He was sentenced to life in prison in April for the “merciless attack” and must spend at least 25 years.

Parents who kill their spouses should lose legal custody of their children, according to his wife’s relatives.

The Ministry of Justice was contacted for comment on their proposal to strip parents of parental responsibility for the duration of any prison sentence.

“Judges are expected to put the welfare of children first and can effectively take all rights and powers from a parent who has murdered the other,” a representative for the Ministry of Justice stated.

Karen Robinson, Jade’s mother, said she was “totally gobsmacked” to learn that her killer may still be involved in the children’s life.

“We’re already going through enough without him hanging over our heads,” she explained.

“His rights apply if we wish to take the boys out of the nation for a vacation, surgery, or other medical reasons. It’s simply incorrect.

“If he says ‘no, I don’t want that to happen,’ it will have to go to family court.”

Karen claimed the boys were “doing fine,” but the rest of the family was “devastated and torn apart.”

It was “his last amount of power,” Ms Robinson claimed, adding: “Hopefully, if ‘Jade’s Law’ passes, something positive will emerge from Jade’s death.

“And if we can help other families who will tragically go through the same thing, if we can relieve another family of that extra horrible burden, then that’s fantastic.”

Ms Robinson said he lied to the authorities about Jade’s family’s poor treatment of the children. She described him as a “horrible human being.”

“Marsh would prefer these youngsters be in care than with Jade’s family because it’s all Jade’s fault to him, and he doesn’t care about the guys,” she said.

“It’s his egotistical, controlling behavior. He has no influence over anything else but the lads.”

She expressed her desire that he would never be released from prison, but the boys will be adults after 25 years and will be free to make their own decisions.

Paul Ward, Jade’s father, said: “For ten years, he projected a completely different image of himself, as if he were a cheerful individual. But he wasn’t – he was a cold-blooded killer who was truly a phony. We had no notion something like this was going to happen.”

“You try and get something like this out of it, it’s going to help me a lot but it’s never going to bring my daughter back,” he said of the time since Jade’s death.

Mr Ward feels some males believe they can mistreat and bully women, but he believes it is unacceptable, adding, “We never saw this coming, and women’s lives matter.”

At Mold Crown Court, Russell Marsh, 29, acknowledged manslaughter but was found guilty of murder.

The killer was “consumed with self-pity and jealousy” when he went to his wife’s house in Shotton, Flintshire, and carried out a “prolonged and vicious” attack, according to the trial judge.

Members of the family might seek a court order if a kid does not have a parent to care for them on a daily basis.

A local government may commence child welfare procedures in order to provide for the children’s upbringing.

The court can decide who a kid lives with, who has parental responsibility for a child, and what rights or powers a parent or person has.

Parental responsibility cannot be taken away from a father who was married to the mother at the time of the child’s birth, but the court can limit it if it is in the child’s best interests.

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