Man admits to murder of Jade

A man is facing life behind bars after pleading guilty to murdering a worker at a packaging firm in Smalley.

Cornelius Brown, 23, stabbed ex-girlfriend Jade Riley Ward to death outside her Somercotes home on September 22 last year, Nottingham Crown Court heard.

He had previously denied the charge at a hearing in January but on Friday, November 15, Brown, dressed in a dark pin-striped suit and a black tie, appeared and changed his plea to guilty.

Judge John Teare told him: “There can of course be only one sentence given to you.

“I will need to determine the minimum and I will need all the information from the prosecution and the defence’s point of view to do so.”

Brown will now be sentenced on December 20.

He showed no emotion as the murder charge was put to him on Friday, as around ten of his family members and friends in the public gallery watching on.

More than 20 of Ms Riley Ward’s family and friends also there - sitting apart from Brown’s family on opposite sides of the small Crown Court room.

Defending Brown, Patrick Thompson told the court he was sorry for the delay that had been caused to proceedings while psychiatric reports were prepared on Brown’s mental state at the time of the murder.

A pre-sentence report will now be prepared in time for December 20.

Ms Riley Ward worked at Four04 Packaging, in Hall Farm Way, Smalley, and had been due to start an accountancy course a few weeks after the date she was killed.