Jade Riley-Ward murder: Accused in court

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A MAN charged with the murder of 30-year-old Somercotes woman Jade Riley-Ward is set to appear at Nottingham Crown Court today.

Miss Riley-Ward was found dead at her home on Burke Drive on the afternoon of 22nd September last year and was later found to have died from multiple stab wounds.

Shortly after her death, 22-year-old Cornelius Leonard Brown, of Greenhill Lane, Riddings, was arrested and charged with her murder.

Brown, who has already made two initial appearances at Nottingham Crown Court, remains in custody but will appear for a plea and case management hearing on Friday morning.

The death of Miss Riley-Ward rocked the close-knit community with friends and relatives holding a two-hour vigil outside her home shortly after she died.

Floral tributes were left by mourners and cards, candles and teddy bears were also left by family and friends.

Her house remained manned by Derbyshire Police vehicles in the days after her death as forensic examinations took place.

Police officers also made several appeals for witnesses to the incident prior to arresting Brown.

Detectives also renewed their appeal for a person who may have bought a puppy from Miss Riley-Ward to come forward at time of the incident.

Miss Riley-Ward worked for a Four04 Packaging, in Hall Farm Way, Smalley.

The firm’s managing director Sean Coxon told Chad in September that everyone at the company was very upset to hear about Miss Riley-Ward’s death.

“We were all incredibly sad to hear the tragic news,” said Sean.

“She was a valued member of our team, a great colleague and friend and she will be sadly missed by her colleagues here.

“Naturally, our thoughts go out to all her family and friends.”