Outrage over killer on Facebook

Killer Jonathan Marron
Killer Jonathan Marron

A Wigan killer has sparked outrage by running a Facebook page from his prison cell.

Jonathan Marron, who was jailed for life in 2012 for murdering Ian Sudworth on a Marsh Green street corner, has posted photos and statuses, one joking about enjoying a day out at Aintree racecourse.

It is disgraceful. There he is, this killer who is supposed to be denied luxuries like mobile phones using his cell like some kind of studio

The page, which has since disappeared, also posted a phone number asking for people to send messages to it.

The most recent post, dated October 5, said “wayne rooney united n england legend”, suggesting Marron had just watched the BBC documentary on the England striker which was shown that evening.

G4S, which operates HMP Altcourse where the killer is currently being held, says he will face the “strongest sanctions” should a mobile phone be found in his possession.

It is believed that some of the updates were made while he was serving time in other prisons with some posts in March 2015 when Marron was at Lowdham Grange in Nottinghamshire and in December 2014 when he was at HMP Gartree in Leicestershire.

Another page, which is still live on Facebook, has not been updated since 2013.

An anonymous Wigan Observer reader who reported Marron’s online messages to us said: “It is disgraceful. There he is, this killer who is supposed to be denied luxuries like mobile phones using his cell like some kind of studio, hosting question and answer sessions.

“It is wrong, it sends out a bad image of a prison that he can do this and shows an arrogance in the man that he thinks he can get away with it.”

Director of HMP Altcourse, Dave Thompson, said: “Like all prisons around the country, our team faces a constant challenge to detect and prevent contraband including mobiles entering the prison.

“We regularly conduct cell searches and wing lockdowns to target prisoners who we believe have access to a mobile and we have a good record of finding, intercepting and seizing contraband.

“Prisoners know that if they are caught with contraband they will face discipline under the prison rules and potential prosecution through the courts.

“Prisoners found in possession of a mobile phone are stripped of their privileges, placed on a basic regime and we always work with Merseyside Police to push for the strongest possible sanctions in court.”

Marron was just 21 when he was jailed for a minimum of 19 years for the fatal stabbing of Mr Sudworth on Scot Lane, Marsh Green, on the night of November 19, 2011.

Police told how the victim went to buy cigarettes with his girlfriend when Marron left a nearby party and also headed to the garage.

After an argument, Marron punched Mr Sudworth’s girlfriend so hard it broke her teeth before stabbing him several times during a fight that followed. Mr Sudworth bled to death from a severe leg wound.

Marron initially denied murder but later changed his plea to guilty and was sentenced to life imprisonment.

After he was jailed, Marron’s mother Tracy spoke of her anguish and how her son was “truly sorry” for what had happened.

She added; “He has accepted his sentence and understands why he has been given it. What happened that night has had a massive impact.”

It is the second time this year that a Wigan prisoner has been caught accessing social media from jail.

In January, Jack Carter uploaded a photograph to Facebook of himself and a fellow inmate in Wymott prison, Leyland, with the caption “selfie in my cellfie haha get on it.”

The 29-year-old, who is believed to know Marron, was serving time on prison recall for breaching his release conditions.