Bottles vow of tragic stab wife

Jane Sherriff with children Rowan, five and Megan, eight. BELOW: Philip Sherriff.
Jane Sherriff with children Rowan, five and Megan, eight. BELOW: Philip Sherriff.

A MOTHER has relived the heart-wrenching moment she found out her husband had been killed in an alleged nightclub attack.

Philip Sherriff, 37, from Scorton, near Garstang, died in hospital in April this year after he was stabbed in the neck with a glass bottle in a London nightspot.

Philip Sherriff

Philip Sherriff

Now his wife Jane is campaigning to prevent late night bars and clubs from serving drinks in glass bottles.

She said: “Phil was stabbed in the left side of his neck. It severed his two main arteries.

“He lost five pints of blood very quickly. He received 12 units of blood in transfusion.

“He was taken to the Royal London Hospital where he immediately went into theatre. I didn’t find out for about 12 hours.

“He went into surgery to relieve the pressure on his brain, but when I got there the left side of his brain had died.

“The best case scenario would be that he would be paralysed down his right hand side. His brain continued to die over the next four days.

“It was a living hell.”

Jane stayed with her mum and an aunt in a hostel next to the hospital.

She added: “It was a case of sleeping for the odd hour, throwing up, crying, then starting again.

“On the Sunday they said he had only two reflexes left and they were going to turn the life-support machine off.

“I knew his soul had gone as soon as I saw him – he was just an empty vessel.”

In the months which followed Jane thought about a campaign to promote replacing glass bottles with plastic alternatives.

The campaign has been backed by celebrities including comedians John Bishop and Stephen Fry. The Facebook page now has more than 22,000 ‘likes’, while the petition has around 40,000 signatures.

Visit facebook.com/bottlestopnow to find out more about the campaign or pop-campaign.co.uk.

Ashley Charles, 25, of Leicester, will stand trial at the Old Bailey on October 29 accused of Mr Sherriff’s murder.

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