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Marshall conviction can aid family closure

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 29/10/2016
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Scottish police are hoping the conviction of a man over the death of New Zealander Jennifer Edwards, 45, in Scotland will give her family closure.

William Marshall, 43, pleaded guilty at Glasgow High Court last week to culpable homicide, Scottish police said. He admitted the crime in Kirkcaldy on June 14, 2015 and will be sentenced in the court on November 24.

The case has had media attention in the UK because Marshall, Edwards' boyfriend, watched football on TV as her dead body lay near him in her flat.

He dialled emergency services days later claiming he had found his girlfriend dead.

Detective Inspector David Pinkney said Ms Edwards was a highly intelligent and articulate woman who was well regarded in her local community.

"Despite these attributes, Jennifer still became a victim of domestic abuse. Her death shows that anyone can become affected by such violence and behaviour and that it happens in all sections of society.

"I want to thank Jennifer's family for their support throughout this period and I hope that Marshall's conviction will give them the closure they need to move forward with their lives."

Ms Edwards had moved to Scotland from New Zealand in 2000. She was a sports therapist.

Marshall had originally faced a murder allegation before prosecutors accepted his guilty plea to culpable homicide.

Chief Superintendent Barry McEwan urged anyone who is the victim of domestic abuse to come forward.

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