Jessie J gig murderer given life sentence

Ashley Charles, found guilty of murdering Phillip Sherriff, will serve a minimum of 14 years behind bars

A man who killed a telephone executive at a Jessie J gig has been found guilty of murder.

Ashley Charles fatally slashed 37 year old father-of-two Phillip Sherriff with a broken bottle during the singer’s show at the Pulse nightclub in Southwark, London in April. The show was sponsored by mobile phone company BlackBerry, who Sherriff worked for.

Charles, who had denied murder, was given a life sentence and told he will serve a minimum of 14 years behind bars by a court in London today (November 9).

According to the BBC, prosecutors said Mr Sheriff was at the bar at the club when he entered into an argument with Charles, who was trying to get a free beer. Charles then became irritated and grabbed a bottle from Sheriff and slashed his neck. Phillip Sherriff died of his injury four days later and a post-mortem confirmed the cause of death was a stab wound to the neck.

Sentencing Charles, Judge Paul Worsley said: “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.”

He added: “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.”

At the time, Jessie J said she was “lost for words” at the death, adding: “All I can say is my thoughts, love and respects are with the family and children of the man who attended the blackberry gig last week who sadly lost his life this morning. So sad.”