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Charles acted 'in a split second of madness'

This is a tragic case. Mr Sherriff may have pushed you in a crowded bar and made inoffensive remarks to a girl talking to you.

You clearly became annoyed at what you perceived was the conduct of Mr Sherriff and lost your temper when he may have pushed against you at the bar.

– Judge Worsley told Ashley Charles

Charles took a beer bottle from Mr Sherriff's hand and swung it behind him, where it broke, and then plunged it into Mr Sherriff's neck.

It was a lethal weapon. He was a decent man.

– Judge Worsley

The judge said Charles had done something "which was truly out of character".

You did not deliberately smash the bottle you used. I am satisfied you did not intend to kill Mr Sherriff and you were immediately remorseful.

– Judge Worsley told Ashley Charles

Andrew Hall QC, for Charles, said he acted "in a split second of madness".

Man jailed for Jessie J gig murder

Jessie J at the 2012 GQ Men Of The Year Awards at the Royal Opera House, Bow Street, London. Credit: PA

A graphic designer was jailed for a minimum of 14 years today for killing a telephone executive with a broken bottle after a Jessie J gig.

Ashley Charles, 26, was found guilty of murdering Phillip Sherriff, 37, and jailed for life at the Old Bailey.

Mr Sherriff died in April four days after being attacked at Pulse nightclub in central London, shortly after the singer had performed.

Charles, of Nevanthon Road, Leicester, denied the charge, claiming he acted in self-defence.

But Judge Paul Worsley said Charles killed Mr Sherriff, of Preston, Lancs, because he was annoyed.


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