Jail sentence for killer of Kirkcaldy sports therapist

Jennifer Edwards
Jennifer Edwards

A Fife man has been jailed for four years for the death of his partner in Kirkcaldy in 2015.

William Marshall plead guilty to Jennifer Edward’s culpable homicide at her home at Deas Wharf on October 27 last year.

In a statement Edwards’ family said the sentence would never compare to the life sentence Marshall had imposed on them.

After he killed sports therapist Edwards he watched TV with her dead body lying near him at the Kirkcaldy flat.

He then went on to take cash from the 45-year-old’s bank account. It wasn’t until days later that he dialled 999 claiming he had found his girlfriend dead.

He had also been accused of repeatedly assaulting Ms Edwards between October 2010 and June 2015 and was fined in 2104 after being convicted of assaulting Ms Edwards to her injury.

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

Edwards’ family statement read: “We would like to thank Police Scotland for their thorough investigation which led to this conviction and for the support received from the Victim & Information Advice team to get us through this nightmare.

“We hope today’s sentence will act as a deterrent to the cowards who abuse their partners and act as motivation to the women who are afraid for their lives; that they must seek help before they follow the same path as our Jen.

“Please do not be afraid any more. There is so much help available for you.

“It’s now time for our family to close this chapter, to grieve and remember the good times we shared with Jen; a daughter, a mother, a sister and friend.

“We thank the press for respecting our privacy during this time of sadness.”