Sade’s family will fight to find out what happened

Sade Russell
Sade Russell

The family of ‘bubbly’ Dinnington party girl Sade Russell have branded the inquest into the cause of her death ‘a farce’.

Speaking after the verdict on Thursday afternoon at Doncaster Coroner’s Court, her aunt Cheryl Russell said that although Sade drank and used ‘soft drugs’ they didn’t believe she would ever take a hard drug like the heroin substitute methadone.

“We knew Sade. She liked a drink at weekends, who doesn’t? And yes she did smoke a bit of weed, but she didn’t take hard drugs,” said Cheryl.

“We all know 100 per cent that Sade would not take any hard drugs.”

A former Dinnington Comprehensive and Wales High School pupil, Sade had a love of sport, and was a good rugby player until an injury caused her to call it a day.

As well as rugby she loved swimming and was a big Leeds United supporter. She loved music and liked to go out clubbing with friends at the weekend.

Mum Michelle had told the inquest her daughter was a ‘party girl who lived life to the full’.

“She was so bubbly and full of life and always had a smile on her face,” she said.

Sade was part of a close knit family, and had become a doting aunty to her sister Mellisa’s son Leo just four months before she passed away.

The 21-year-old lived at her Addison Square home with mum and dad Michelle and Wayne and her other sister Jasmine.

Dinnington was brought to a standstill as hundreds of people turned out to pay their last respects to Sade when her funeral was held at St Leonard’s Church.

Led by a picture of a smiling Sade and with music playing, mourners dressed in pink – Sade’s favourite colour - walked from her home to the church to say goodbye.

The family have said that the conclusion of the inquest is not the end of their journey to find out what happened to Sade on the night she died.

“This doesn’t stop here, we can and we will take it further,” added Cheryl.