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Murderer loses appeal at court

Ashley Charles A guest at a party attended by the singer Jessie J killed a Blackberry manager with a broken bottle after jostling for space at the free bar, the Old Bailey heard.  Ashley Charles, 26, slashed the throat of 37 year-old father-of-two Phillip Sherriff in front of hundreds of revellers at the event in a nightclub on London's South Bank.

Ashley Charles A guest at a party attended by the singer Jessie J killed a Blackberry manager with a broken bottle after jostling for space at the free bar, the Old Bailey heard. Ashley Charles, 26, slashed the throat of 37 year-old father-of-two Phillip Sherriff in front of hundreds of revellers at the event in a nightclub on London's South Bank.

A man jailed for murdering a father-of-two with a bottle at an event where singer Jessie J was performing has lost his conviction and sentence appeal.

Ashley Charles killed Phillip Sherriff, 37, of Scorton, at south London nightclub Pulse.

The 27-year-old from Leicester was given a life sentence with a minimum of 14 years after being found guilty at an Old Bailey trial in November 2012.

On Monday, the Court of Appeal rejected his appeal to be sentenced for manslaughter and not murder.

Both were guests at an event organised by BlackBerry, the company Mr Sherriff worked for, when Charles slashed Mr Sherriff’s neck in April last year.

He died four days later.

Lord Justice Jackson said the trial judge had weighed up all the favourable and unfavourable matters when deciding on the minimum term of 14 years.

Lord Justice Jackson concluded: “We agree with the trial judge that this incident was a tragedy. Mr Sherriff has lost his life and the appellant must serve the sentence imposed upon him.”

 

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