Ashley Wadsworth: Jealous man who stabbed teenage girlfriend to death pleads guilty
Jack Sepple confessed to killing his 19-year-old girlfriend Ashley Wadsworth
CHELMSFORD, UK: A Canadian girl who was allegedly murdered by her boyfriend while visiting the UK died from chest stab wounds, an inquest heard. A few weeks after traveling to the UK to visit Jack Sepple, 23, who she had met online, Ashley Wadsworth, 19, died in Chelmsford, Essex. 'Stab wounds to the chest' was the probable cause of death. Sepple appeared in court last week concerning the alleged murder of Ashley.
Ashley, left her "small-town" existence to be with him in England on a six-month tourist visa after they initially connected on an online dating app. However, according to her relatives, things soured when "possessive" Sepple swiftly displayed his darker side. According to family members, her sick lover "went into all her social media accounts, deleted all of her posts, and changed all of her passwords," but she couldn't get help. During a hearing at Chelmsford Crown Court, Sepple admitted to killing his teenage lover.
He was ordered to appear at Chelmsford Crown Court on March 7 for a plea hearing in addition to being remanded in jail. Ashley, a Canadian, reportedly entered Britain on a six-month tourist visa after meeting Sepple online. The responding police found him lying on a bed near Ashley's body. Ashley posted several positive images from their vacation to London on her Facebook page. She referred to him as "my bestie" in the photographs as they were taken in front of well-known London tourist attractions while holding hands.
"Ashley couldn't call for help – she was in a whole different country, even if she could call for help, who would she call apart from the police?" Ashley's pal Daniel Seaman said, DailyBeast reports.
Ashley was discovered unconscious at the apartment complex on February 1 and later pronounced dead there, according to evidence presented at the inquest. Sepple's attorney stated during a brief hearing at Chelmsford Crown Court that a psychiatrist had determined the prisoner was fit to enter a plea. Sepple's attorney, Christopher Paxton QC, requested that the defendant be asked to enter a plea and claimed that the "question of fitness is now addressed."
Sepple, standing in the dock wearing a long white sleeved top with tattoos on his hand and face, said "I'm guilty" when the court clerk read the solitary charge of murder. Judge Christopher Morgan told Sepple, "By your plea of guilty to murder there's only one sentence that can be passed and that's a life sentence." He remanded the defendant in custody until a sentencing date can be fixed.
According to the family, Ashley's travels to Mexico, California, and England "encouraged her love of language." As a result, she was trilingual and aspired to become a lawyer after being admitted to a Canadian institutions. Paisley, Ashley's niece, referred to Ashley as the "greatest aunty ever," while Ashley's sister praised her as her "best friend." The family expressed gratitude to individuals who organised a vigil for Ashley in Essex, saying, "There are no words to express our gratitude."