Man jailed for Scorton dad bottle murder

EDS NOTE: ONLY AVAILABLE IN B&W.'Undated Lancashire Police handout photo of Phillip Sherriff. A man has been charged over the murder of the father of two who died following a bottle attack at a star-studded party, police said today. 'PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday April 18, 2012. Brit Award-winner Jessie J performed at the function hosted by smartphone company BlackBerry before Sherriff was fatally wounded. See PA story POLICE Blackberry. Photo credit should read: Lancashire Police/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
EDS NOTE: ONLY AVAILABLE IN B&W.'Undated Lancashire Police handout photo of Phillip Sherriff. A man has been charged over the murder of the father of two who died following a bottle attack at a star-studded party, police said today. 'PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday April 18, 2012. Brit Award-winner Jessie J performed at the function hosted by smartphone company BlackBerry before Sherriff was fatally wounded. See PA story POLICE Blackberry. Photo credit should read: Lancashire Police/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

AN art director who killed a father-of-two from Scorton with a broken bottle at a Jessie J gig was jailed for at least 14 years today, Friday November 9.

Ashley Charles, 26, slashed the throat of married telecoms boss Philip Sheriff, 37, in front of hundreds of revellers at a central London nightclub.

The blow, which was caught on CCTV, severed the victim’s carotid artery and jugular vein and caused massive blood loss.

Partygoers desperately tried to save Mr Sheriff by using clingfilm to stem the bleeding but he died in hospital four days later.

Charles denied murder and claimed he had only lashed out with the bottle because he feared Mr Sheriff was going to attack him.

But he was convicted following a two-week trial at the Old Bailey, and sentenced to life in prison to serve a minumum of 14 years.