Man charged with Chelmsford murder after death of Canadian teenager Ashley Wadsworth

Ashley Wadsworth died in Chelmsford on Tuesday 1 February.
Ashley Wadsworth was originally from Vernon in British Columbia, Canada. Credit: Ashley Wadsworth/Facebook

Police have identified a 19-year-old Canadian woman who was found dead in Chelmsford, as they charged her boyfriend with her murder.

Ashley Wadsworth, from Vernon in British Columbia, was pronounced dead at the scene in Tennyson Road in the city.

Jack Sepple, 23, of Tennyson Road, Chelmsford, appeared at Colchester Magistrates’ Court on Thursday charged with the murder of his girlfriend.

Essex Police said officers were called to reports of a disturbance at an address in the road shortly after 4pm on Tuesday. A 23-year-old man was arrested at the scene.

A court sketch of Jack Sepple at Colchester Magistrates' Court. Credit: Elizabeth Cook/PA

Police have not given Ms Wadsworth's cause of death.

Wearing a grey sweatshirt and red trousers, Sepple spoke only to confirm his name, address and date of birth in court.

He was remanded in custody and will appear at Chelmsford Crown Court by video-link on Friday.

Flowers were being left at the scene of Ms Wadsworth's death in Tennyson Road on Thursday.

Police remained at the scene in Tennyson Road on Thursday. Credit: ITV News Anglia

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