Man pleads guilty to murder of Canadian teenager in Essex – The Guardian

Jack Sepple admits killing 19-year-old Ashley Wadsworth, whom he met via a dating app
A man has admitted killing a Canadian teenager he had met on a dating app.
Jack Sepple, 23, pleaded guilty at Chelmsford crown court to the murder of 19-year-old Ashley Wadsworth.
Wadsworth was pronounced dead at a property in Chelmsford, Essex, on 1 February. An inquest hearing was told she died of stab wounds to the chest.
Wadsworth had met Sepple through a dating app and travelled to the UK late last year.
In a brief hearing on Wednesday, Sepple’s barrister said a psychiatrist had indicated the defendant was fit to plead. Christopher Paxton QC, for Sepple, said the “issue of fitness is now resolved” and requested that the defendant be asked to enter a plea.
The court clerk read the single charge of murder and Sepple, standing in the secure dock, replied: “I’m guilty.”
Wadsworth, originally from Vernon in British Columbia, moved to Chelmsford in November 2021, she wrote on Facebook. Earlier this year she posted photos online of her “amazing trip to London”, where she had been sightseeing.
Judge Christopher Morgan told Sepple: “By your plea of guilty to murder there’s only one sentence that can be passed and that’s a life sentence.”
He remanded the defendant in custody until a date to be fixed administratively, when he will be sentenced.


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