Brit to stand trial for ‘murdering girlfriend’ who flew to UK from Canada to meet him

Jack Sepple, 23, of Chelmsford, Essex, is accused of killing girlfriend Ashley Wadsworth, 19, in February, after the Canadian teenager flew to the UK to meet him

Jack Sepple, 23, is charged with murder after the death of 19-year-old Canadian Ashley Wadsworth in Chelmsford, Essex, on February 1

The boyfriend of Ashley Wadsworth is set to stand trial in September accused of her murder.

Jack Sepple, 23, is alleged to have killed Ms Wadsworth, 19, on February 1 after she flew from Canada to the UK.

He appeared in the dock at Chelmsford Crown Court on Monday for a preparation hearing.

Sepple, of Chelmsford, Essex, spoke to confirm his name and no pleas were entered.

The court heard that the date of September 5 has been set for a two-week trial.

Ms Wadsworth, originally from Vernon, British Colombia, was found dead at a block of flats in Chelmsford at around 4pm, days before she was due to fly home

Despite the efforts of paramedics, the Canadian teen was pronounced dead at the scene.

Ashley Wadsworth



Jack Sepple



Cops attended the address in Tennyson Road after receiving reports of a domestic disturbance and Sepple was arrested.

Ms Wadsworth met Sepple through an online dating app and wrote on Facebook that she had moved to Chelmsford in November 2021.

Her granddad shared his shock at her death and told how he thought the “UK was a safe place.”

Jeff Wadsworth, 66, said he even encouraged his granddaughter to travel to England and “thought it was going to be the time of her life.”

Ashley Wadsworth, 19, was found dead at a block of flats in Chelmsford

He told the Daily Mail: “We’re just devastated. I can’t believe it.

“I never thought something like this would happen in England.

“I thought it was the safest place in the world. And it is a safe place, this is such a not normal thing.”

Ms Wadsworth’s family celebrated her “spontaneous, witty, kind personality” in a tribute released earlier this month by Essex Police.

They described her as “fiercely loving and loyal” and told how they remembered her “unforgettable laugh.”

“Ashley, you are beautiful to us, and we will miss you very, very, much,” they added.

Court artist sketch by Elizabeth Cook of Jack Sepple in the dock at Colchester Magistrates’ Court



Ms Wadsworth’s big sister Hailey said she will always treasure her as her “best friend” while her niece Paisley called her the “best aunty ever” and thanked her for buying her a first swing set.

At 18, Ms Wadsworth converted to Mormonism and moved to England on November 12, where she went to move in with Sepple.

The couple were pictured visiting London landmarks together and she also took part on a trip to Rye, East Sussex.

Ms Wadsworth’s family now have to find the money to return her body to Canada and the process has been delayed due to a request for a second autopsy.

Mr Wadsworth said: “We’ve got to pay all this money to get her home.

“I thought (the British) would just zip her on over [back to Canada]sorry about that, but no – they want some money.”

The heartbroken granddad said Ms Wadsworth was a “sweetheart” who loved sports and wanted to study law in the future.

Her cousin Kali said she stood up for her when she was being bullied at school and described her as “one of the most kind-spirited girls I’ve ever met.”

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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