Hundreds mourn at Jia’s funeral

A GRIEVING Matthew Ashton paid an emotional farewell to his murdered wife at a funeral ceremony in Somercotes yesterday.

Close to 200 mourners lined St Thomas’s Church on Nottingham Road, to pay their respects to pretty Jia Ashton, who was tragically killed earlier this year as she walked home from work.

Close family and friends arrived at Matthew and Jia’s local church at noon on Thursday in three black limousines.

Matthew 26, from Springfield Crescent in the village carried his wife’s white coffin, draped with red lilies, through the church ground, accompanied by four others.

For the full story see the Ripley and Heanor News on Thursday, June 16.