Simon Spence KC successful in prosecution for Murder

October 11, 2022

Simon Spence KC leading Marc Brown has successfully prosecuted a 23-year-old man from Essex who pleaded guilty to murdering his teenage Canadian girlfriend.

He was sentenced to life in prison at Chelmsford Crown Court on 10 October.

Jack Sepple killed 19-year-old Ashley Wadsworth, from Vernon in British Columbia, at a house in Chelmsford in February after meeting her on a dating app. Ashley had received a six-month tourist visa to travel to the UK to meet up with Jack Sepple in November of last year.

Officers were called to an address in Tennyson Road shortly after 4pm on 1 February 2022 after reports of a disturbance. Although paramedics tried to save the victim, she was pronounced dead at the scene.

An inquest hearing was told that she died of “stab wounds to the chest”.

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