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Last Updated: Monday, 18 April, 2005, 16:32 GMT 17:32 UK
Man pays tribute to stabbed wife
Jackie Marshall
Jackie Marshall had worked for McDonald's for 15 years
The husband of a woman stabbed to death as she supervised a children's party at a McDonald's restaurant has paid tribute to his wife.

Eddie Marshall had been married to Jackie, 57, for 38 years. She was attacked at the restaurant in Terminus Road, Chichester, on Saturday.

"The children loved her - to them she was a big sister, a friend," he said.

A man charged with her murder was remanded in custody by magistrates in Chichester, West Sussex, on Monday.

Mrs Marshall, a grandmother from Southbourne, West Sussex, had worked at McDonald's for 15 years. The company said it was shocked at her death.

'My best friend'

At a press conference on Monday, Mr Marshall, 62, said: "If you didn't know who Jackie was, just look around for the person who was leading the conga and in the silliest dress - that was Jackie."

He said she had watched the children who used the restaurant grow up.

Flowers outside the restaurant
Flowers and tributes have been left outside the restaurant

"There were young parents, pregnant ladies, and through her time at McDonald's she had the opportunity to see these children grow up, go to university and really follow their careers," he continued.

"I can't do her justice because not only was she my wife and the mother of my children but she was my best friend and I hope, well I know, I was her best friend.

"I think myself very privileged to have had her as my wife and my very great friend and she will be sorely missed."

'A wonderful person'

Mrs Marshall's sister, Gill Colbourne, 50, said she was the "mainstay" of the family and had "left a very big hole".

She said: "She was a wonderful, wonderful person and she was a devil and sometimes she would get a glint in her eye and she would be romping with the children."

West Sussex County Council has set up a helpline for anyone who may have witnessed or been affected by the incident.

Ex-employee Shane Freer, 20, of First Avenue, Batchmere, West Sussex, is due to appear at Lewes Crown Court, East Sussex, on 28 April.

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