A murderer who killed his estranged ex still has custody of their children, the victim’s devastated parents say.
Russell Marsh killed former wife Jade Marsh, also known as Jade Ward, who had “moved on” with her life following their split.
The “beautiful” 27-year-old’s mutilated body was found under a pile of clothes at her Flintshire home last August.
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.
Barbaric Marsh, 29, was sentenced to life behind bars earlier this month after he was convicted of the horror.
But in spite of that, he could torture Ms Ward’s family for years to come as he drags them through more court hearings in a bid to see the four children he and his victim shared.
Marsh still holds parental responsibility over the little ones, who cannot be named for legal reasons, and has control over areas of their welfare.
If the family wanted to take the children on holiday outside of the UK, he’d have to give permission. He would also be consulted for any medical decisions.
Now Ms Ward’s family are campaigning for ‘Jade’s Law’, which will aim to ensure others who suffer similar losses won’t face the same ordeal.
Family friend Edwin Duggan told North Wales Live he was approached by Ms Ward’s mom Karen Robinson for help, and has since launched a petition.
The law graduate said: “I’ve known Karen since she was a teenager – through being friends with her brother about 40 years ago – and I’ve therefore known Jade since she was young.
“What happened to the family was utterly tragic.
“At the moment, as the law stands, Marsh still has parental responsibility.
“Although that is limited during his time in custody, the family are now faced with having to seek his permission for anything that relates to their welfare during the time they are in the care of anyone other than their parents.
“We all want this change in the law to create some sort of measure for future children that find themselves involved in tragic circumstances such as these and their surviving family from having to go back through further court processes.”
The family hope at least 10,000 people will sign the petition. The number would push it over the threshold for the Government to respond.
For more information, visit petition.parliament.uk/petitions/614893
This story originally appeared on The Sun and has been reproduced here with permission.