Widow’s shock as bottle killer starts appeal

Jane Sherriff.
Jane Sherriff.

THE widow of a man slashed in the neck with a broken bottle has been left reeling after her husband’s killer applied to appeal his conviction.

Ashley Charles, 26, was convicted of the murder of Philip Sherriff in November and jailed for 14 years.

Philip, 37, from Scorton, near Lancaster, was slashed with a broken bottle after jostling with media executive Charles at an event in London attended by celebrities including the singer Jessie J on April 4 last year.

His carotid artery and jugular vein were severed by the blow and he died in hospital four days later.

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

But Judge Paul Worsley said Charles killed Mr Sherriff because he was annoyed.

Philip’s widow Jane said: “I knew it was coming, he has got the right to appeal.

“It is only in the first stages, it is an application for an appeal.

“But it has really knocked me.

“I got the call on Monday.

“I feel like the weight that had been lifted is right back on my shoulders.”

She added: “I had thought, ‘this is 2013, let’s do it’, but by the seventh day I have been knocked back again.

“I just want it all to be over now and it isn’t going to be.

“I am back to square one, just when I thought I had got through it all.” Jane was contacted by the Metropolitan Police to be made aware of the appeal application on Monday.

Tuesday marked exactly nine months since Philip died.

Jane said she is “exhausted” and said that the situation is “relentless”.

Following Philip’s death, Jane launched a campaign called Bottle Stop.

The aim of the campaign is for late-night clubs and bars to use plastic instead of glasses.

Since the campaign was launched, a petition that was running alongside it received enough signatures to go before Parliament.

Before Christmas Jane travelled with supporters to Downing Street to hand over the petition.

A Facebook page documenting the campaign has also been set up.

Jane said that for the moment she is taking a step back from Bottle Stop.

Charles’ barrister, Andrew Hall QC, was unavailable for comment.