Jack Seple is accused of the murder of Ashley Wadsworth, 19, in Chelmsford, Essex. Ashley had a six-month tourist visa from Canada
A trial date has been set for a man accused of murdering his Canadian girlfriend while she was visiting him at home in the UK.
Jack Seple is charged with the murder of Ashley Wadsworth, 19, on Tuesday February 1 in Chelmsford, Essex.
Wearing a blue and yellow tracksuit, Sepple, 23, appeared at Chelmsford Crown Court today via video link from HMP Chelmsford.
The court was told he was found on a 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.
Sepple spoke only to confirm his name and no plea was made for the charges.
But during the hearing, Judge Christopher Morgan set a tentative hearing date for September 5.
He said the process is expected to take two to three weeks.
Sepple, from Chelmsford, has been remanded in custody and is due to appeal in the same court on March 7.
Paying tribute to Ashley, her great-aunt Tova Wadsworth said she was on the “journey of a lifetime” after arriving in the UK from her home in Vernon, British Columbia, in November last year.
She said: “Ashley was a beautiful young lady and full of love and kindness to everyone in her life.
“This has been a trip of a lifetime…None of it makes any sense.
“Her family is heartbroken and struggling to understand her.”
Sharing tributes and photos of her, Ashley’s friends in Canada paid heartbreaking tributes.
Alongside a series of smiling graduation photos, best friend Tianna Kowalchuk said: “Probably one of the hardest 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 that bothers you. It’s someone you always feel comfortable with.
“I’m sorry I or anyone else couldn’t do more to help you.
“But God has you in his hands now, we have you in our hearts forever.”