Man dies after stabbing at BlackBerry party

 

A father of two who suffered horrific injuries in a bottle attack at a celebrity-packed party held by smartphone firm BlackBerry died this morning, police said.

Phillip Sherriff, 37, was fatally wounded at Pulse nightclub in central London following a performance by Brit award-winning singer Jessie J.

Ashley Charles, 25, was remanded in custody yesterday, charged with attempted murder.

Mr Sherriff, a married telecommunications professional from Preston, Lancashire, was rushed to the Royal London Hospital after suffering a neck injury at the club in Southwark on Tuesday night.

Medics battling to save his life were later forced to operate on his skull to remove pressure from an injury to his brain.

But the wounded man - who remained in a critical condition - died this morning.

His next of kin have been informed.

“A post-mortem examination will be arranged in due course,” a Scotland Yard spokesman said.

Mr Sherriff had been invited to the BlackBerry function along with celebrities including rapper Wretch 32, stars of The Only Way Is Essex, BlackBerry competition winners and journalists.

Charles, of Nevanthon Road, Leicester, spoke only to confirm his name and date of birth when he appeared in the dock at Camberwell Green Magistrates' Court yesterday, accused of attempted murder.

The defendant, dressed in a dark jumper and jeans, was ordered to attend Inner London Crown Court on April 20.

An application for bail was refused.