Lad in court after ‘murdering Canadian teen lover on her first trip to UK to visit him after they met online’

A BOYFRIEND has appeared in court charged with murdering his girlfriend then lying in bed next to her body after she flew to the UK to visit him.

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

Her boyfriend Jack Sepple, 23, appeared at Chelmsford Crown Court today charged with murder.

He spoke only to confirm his name, date of birth and address during the short hearing.

Sepple was remanded in custody to next appear at the same court on March 7 for a plea hearing.

A provisional trial date was set for September.

Canadian Ashley was on a six-month tourist visa and came to Britain after meeting Sepple online, it is said.

He was allegedly discovered on a bed next to Ashley's body when police arrived.

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

The photos showed the pair hugging outside popular tourist spots in London as she branded him "my bestie".

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

But she was due to fly home yesterday after cutting the trip short amid claims "things weren't going great".

Emergency crews were scrambled to the block of flats on Tuesday night after receiving reports of a domestic disturbance.

Sadly Ashley couldn't be saved and was declared dead at the scene.

Police later confirmed they are 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 baby sister we will get justice baby girl I love you so much I miss you everyday your big sissy loves you."

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And Ashley's heartbroken friends in Canada have paid tribute to the churchgoing teen.


Her best friend Tianna Kowalchuk posted a series of touching photos of she and Ashley smiling together at graduation.

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

"A best friend is someone you can genuinely tell everything to. It’s someone you can tell about stuff that you may not even be able to tell your parents. It’s someone who will never judge you for needing to vent or rant about something that is bothering you. It’s someone you always feel comfortable around.

"I’m sorry there wasn’t more I or anyone else could do 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 am so angry, sad and f***ing mad.

"Want to say so much right now, but mama always said if you have nothing nice to say, say nothing at all.

"Another special Angel gone way too soon."

Police are appealing for anyone with information to get in touch.

DCI Scott Egerton, Major Investigation Team, investigating, said: "I know that incidents like this will shock and sadden the community, but our initial enquiries show this to be an isolated incident and that there is no wider risk to the community.

"We have a team of dedicated officers working around the clock to establish the circumstances which led to a woman losing her life.

“The investigation is progressing well, but we will remain on scene for a few more days whilst we continue to gather evidence and establish the facts."

Anyone with information can call police on 101 quoting crime incident 717 of February 1.

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