Boyfriend ‘stabbed lover to death then lay in bed next to her body’ on her FIRST trip to meet him after online romance

A FRIEND murdered his girlfriend then lay down next to her body after she flew to the UK to visit him for the first time, a court has heard.

Ashley Wadsworth, 19, was found stabbed to death in Chelmsford, Essex on Tuesday after concerned neighbors called police.

Ashley Wadsworth, 19, and her boyfriend Jack Seple, 23

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Ashley Wadsworth, 19, and her boyfriend Jack Seple, 23

Her boyfriend Jack Sepple, 23, appeared at Colchester Magistrates’ Court today charged with murder.

The court was told he was discovered on his phone on a blood-stained bed next to Ashley’s body when police arrived.

Canadian Ashley had a six-month tourist visa and came to the UK after meeting Sepple online, sources said.

The tattooed Sepple spoke only to confirm his name, date of birth and address during the brief hearing.

He has been remanded in custody pending his next appearance at Chelmsford Crown Court tomorrow.

Lovestruck Ashley shared a series of radiant photos on her Facebook as she explored London with Seple.

Her Facebook revealed she was leaving her home in Vernon, British Columbia, to move to Chelmsford, more than 2,000 miles away, in November.

Photos showed the pair embracing in front of popular tourist spots in London as she branded him “my bestie”.

In pictures shared on January 11, the couple hugged each other near Buckingham Palace and Big Ben in London.

Other pictures shared by Jack’s mother on January 18 show Ashley joining the family for a trip to the historic town of Rye in East Sussex.

Emergency crews were rushed to the block of flats Tuesday night after receiving reports of a domestic riot.

Unfortunately, Ashley could not be rescued and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police later confirmed they were not looking for anyone else in connection with Ashley’s death.

Her heartbroken big sister Hailey Wadsworth vowed to get justice for her sibling.

She wrote on Facebook, “My poor little sister we will get justice little girl I love you so much I miss you every day your big sissy loves you.”

Ashley’s heartbroken friends in Canada have paid tribute to the church teen.

‘SPECIAL ANGEL’

Her best friend Tianna Kowalchuk posted a series of touching photos of her and Ashley smiling as they graduated.

She said: “Probably one of the worst feelings is losing your best friend. A best friend is more than a friend, a sibling, and even a parent.

“A best friend is someone you can really tell anything to. It’s someone you can tell things to that you might not even be able to tell your parents. It’s someone who will never judge you for having to get angry or scold about something you have. It’s someone you’ll always be comfortable with.

“I’m sorry that I or someone else couldn’t do more to help you. But God has you in his hands now, we have you in our hearts forever.”

Ashley’s aunt Rosie Turcotte wrote on Facebook: “I’m so angry, sad and angry as hell.

“I want to say so much right now, but Mom always said if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything.

“Another special angel gone far too soon.”

Police are asking anyone with information to come forward.

DCI Scott Egerton, the investigating Major Investigation Team, said: “I know incidents like this will shock and sadden the community, but our initial investigations indicate that this is an isolated incident and does not pose a major risk to the community consists.

“We have a team of dedicated officers working around the clock to investigate the circumstances that led to the loss of a woman’s life.

“The investigation is progressing well, but we will remain on site for a few more days while we continue to collect evidence and establish the facts.”

Anyone with information can call the police on 101 and cite Incident 717 of February 1.


If you are affected by this article, call the National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247 or visit www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk/


Ashley posted pictures from her trip

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Ashley posted pictures from her trip
Tributes have flooded in for the teenager

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Tributes have flooded in for the teenagerPhoto credit: SWNS
Paramedics struggled to save Ashley, but she was pronounced dead at the scene

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Paramedics struggled to save Ashley, but she was pronounced dead at the scene
Ashley had traveled from Canada to meet Sepple

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Ashley had traveled from Canada to meet Sepple
She shared beloved snaps with him

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She shared beloved snaps with him
Her sister Hailey Wadsworth has vowed to get justice for her sibling

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Her sister Hailey Wadsworth has vowed to get justice for her siblingCredit: Facebook
Ashley was found dead in a block of flats in Chelmsford

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Ashley was found dead in a block of flats in ChelmsfordCredit: ROB WELHAM/McLELLAN

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