Husband Strangled Ex-Wife to Death While Their Four Children Slept—Court

A 29-year-old man was sentenced to life in prison after killing his ex-wife while their children slept in the home, according to police.

Russell Norman Marsh of Shotton, Wales, in the U.K, killed his ex-wife Jade Marsh, also known as Jade Ward, in August 2021 and was sentenced on Tuesday at Mold Crown Court, according to a North Wales police statement.

Russell Marsh is expected to serve a minimum of 25 years in prison before he is eligible for parole.

The court was told that Russell Marsh attacked Jade Marsh with a knife and disfigured her face before choking her death, according to a Yahoo report.

Jade Marsh killer
Russell Norman Marsh, 29, has been sentenced to life in prison for murder, following his trial at Mold Crown Court on Tuesday. Marsh killed his ex-wife while their children slept in the house. North Wales Police

This took place while all four of their children were at the home and were asleep.

Detective Inspector Myfanwy Kirkwood, the deputy senior investigating officer, spoke on the case and highlighted the services available to women who are fearful of abuse from their partners or ex-partners.

"For Jade's young life to be cut so cruelly short in such tragic circumstances is beyond comprehension," Kirkwood said.

"Jade was much loved by her family and friends and I recognise that no words or verdict will ever bring back this young woman, but I hope today's outcome will bring a small sense of peace to Jade's family. They have shown immense strength and courage throughout and I thank them for the way in which they have found the strength to assist my investigation team.

"Russell Marsh took her future away by killing her and only he truly knows the reasons for his dreadful actions, leaving their four children without a mother.

"As a force, North Wales Police is committed to proactively identifying individuals who pose the highest risk of harm to women and girls, and actively manage those individuals to prevent or reduce offending.

Norman Marsh initially handed himself in to the police and said he had done "something bad."

He claimed Jade Marsh's death was accidental and insisted she had asked him to choke her during sex. He later told the jury she had mutilated herself and then taunted him.

Jade Marsh's family issued a statement praising her and thanked all those who had helped them during this difficult time. They also asked for privacy as they mourn Jade Marsh's loss.

"Jade was a kind and caring daughter who will be deeply missed by everyone," the statement said.

"Jade was the sunshine in our lives, she was the glue that held us all together. She was also a devoted mum who would do anything for her children, a much-loved friend, daughter, sister, aunty, niece and granddaughter.

"Jade's whole life was ahead of her and her death has left a void in all our lives.

"The family are very thankful to all of Jade's friends and colleagues for their support, and to North Wales Police for the investigation that has led to today's conviction.

"We ask that our privacy is respected and that as a family we can quietly grieve and continue to come to terms with this heartbreaking loss."

Newsweek has contacted the North Wales police for comment.