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'As Conner's mum, I can't rest knowing that this happened'.

Byline: abby bolter Reporter

THE heartbroken family of a murdered 18-year-old are calling on the public to help fund their fight for change.

Conner Marshall's family want to crowd fund the cost of lawyers with a view to pursuing legal action against the probation organisation which was monitoring his murderer.

Killer David Braddon from Caerphilly was under two separate orders for community supervision following previous offences when he murdered Conner, from Barry, at Trecco Bay Caravan Park in Porthcawl in March 2015. His mum Nadine and dad Richard claim there is now evidence that opportunities were missed to prevent their son's death. But the Wales Community Rehabilitation Company (CRC) has stated Conner's death was "not predictable or preventable".

"All we keep being told is the same old line from the Ministry of Justice and probation service that Conner's death was unforeseeable," said Nadine.

"But it's far from finished. As a mum I can't rest and move forwards, sideways, any way knowing that this has happened."

Nadine said they aim to raise PS5,000 through the CrowdJustice website to get the ball rolling. They have raised a few hundred pounds so far.

She thanked those who have already pledged money and added that no pledges would be processed unless they reach the initial target.

They are seeking accountability, recompense and an overhaul of practices in the Wales CRC to prevent a repeat of the tragedy.

She said they have turned to crowd funding as the trauma of Conner's death has affected every area of their life - including their finances as they have been forced to take time off work - and they cannot afford to pay the legal fees on their own.

"We don't fulfil the Legal Aid criteria," said Nadine. "If this doesn't work it's down to remortgaging the house."

Braddon, 27, was jailed for life last June for brutally beating Conner, who was found unconscious and naked under a caravan the morning after the attack. He was in a coma and suffering from hypothermia and died later at the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff.

Cardiff Crown Court heard at the time how Braddon had taken Valium, cocaine and alcohol and mistook Conner as his estranged partner's ex.

Nadine and Richard have since become the first family in the UK to gain access to the Serious Further Offence (SFO) Report, which detailed Braddon's previous offences - including drug taking, domestic abuse and assault of a police officer - and how he was under community supervision at the time of the attack.

Nadine said she was "sickened" when she read the report, which she said also identified how procedures hadn't been followed in Braddon's case. She said the CRC had even writ-ten an action plan, but there was no time to implement it as Braddon had already murdered Conner.

"You just keep coming up with the word unfair. It's unfair in every aspect that you look at it," said Nadine. "At any one time we now know 12 people were involved in the supervision of Braddon, yet he was able to do what he did and we are supposed to accept that."

Mum-of-three Nadine said she also wanted to show other families, who she knows are dealing with the same issues, that they can access the SFO report and can challenge the authorities.

She also hopes that getting answers to the many questions they still have will finally allow them to grieve properly for Conner.

"I am numb, literally numb," she said. "I think I am grieving, but when I speak to people who know more about it, it seems we are still in shock."

Wales CRC recently said: "The management of the case has not been linked to the crime committed - the serious further offence report found that Conner's death was not predictable or preventable.

"After thoroughly reviewing the case, we have strengthened our partnership working between offender managers and intervention providers, ensuring enhanced joint working between agencies to support consistent risk management."

In response to the latest comments from Conner's family, a spokesman said they would not be making any further comment on the case.

| To support the family's campaign, go to David Braddon was jailed for life Nadine Marshall and Richard (in sunglasses), parents of Conner, right, who was killed in March 2015, want to pursue legal action against the probation organisation which was monitoring his murderer
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
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Date:Oct 11, 2016
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