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Jane Dawn Elizabeth Andrews (born 1967)[1][2] is an Englishwoman and former Royal dresser for Sarah, Duchess of York, who was convicted at the Old Bailey in 2001 of murdering her lover, Tom Cressman.

Jane Andrews
Born
Jane Dawn Elizabeth Andrews

1967 (age 51–52)
OccupationServant
EmployerSarah, Duchess of York (1988–1997)
Known forMurder of Tom Cressman
Criminal chargeMurder
Criminal penaltyLife in prison
Criminal statusIn jail
Spouse(s)Christopher Dunn-Butler (divorced)
Partner(s)Tom Cressman (deceased)

Early lifeEdit

Andrews was born in Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire, the youngest of three children.[citation needed] Her father worked as a joiner and her mother was a social worker.[3] As a child, Andrews was promising and intelligent, excelling in grammar school.[4] But because of the family's debt, they moved to a small townhouse in the nearby seaport town of Grimsby, where she attended Hereford Secondary School.[3][5]

Throughout her teenage years, Andrews struggled with various psychological problems, including depression, panic attacks, and an eating disorder. At the age of 15, she attempted suicide by overdose after her mother discovered her truancy. Two years later, at age 17, she became pregnant and had an abortion, which she has stated was a traumatising experience.[3]

Since her childhood, Andrews aspired to leave her working-class roots behind. She enrolled in a fashion course at the Grimsby College of Art,[6] and afterward took a job designing children's clothes at Marks & Spencer.[4] Then, when 21 years old, she answered an anonymous advertisement in The Lady magazine for a personal dresser. Six months later, she interviewed with Sarah, Duchess of York; four days after that, Andrews began working for the Duchess at Buckingham Palace.[6] Despite a modest salary of only £18,000, Andrews lived a newfound opulent lifestyle, and she was able to purchase a new flat in Battersea Park.[6] (It has been alleged that Andrews stole approximately £250,000's worth of jewels from the Duchess' suitcases in 1995, but these allegations have never been proven.)[4] The occupation brought Andrews a higher status and a new circle of friends; she was reportedly involved with several men whom she met through her work.[6]

Marriage and other relationshipsEdit

In August 1990, after a short courtship, Andrews married Christopher Dunn-Butler, an IBM executive twenty years her senior.[3] The couple were divorced five years later; Andrews claimed that "pressures of work" led to the couple's split,[4] although Dunn-Butler said that Andrews was repeatedly adulterous.[6] Andrews did admit to infidelity, saying, "I had a couple of flings. I'm not proud of it."[3]

Following her divorce, Andrews met Dimitri Horne, the son of a Greek shipping magnate. When the two broke up acrimoniously, Andrews trashed the flat they shared and fell into a deep depression. She overdosed again but survived without seeking medical treatment.[3]

During this time, it is alleged that the Duchess was having an affair with Tuscan aristocrat Count Gaddo della Gherardesca; he supposedly also had feelings for Andrews. Shortly after this alleged fling, Andrews was dismissed from her job as the Duchess's royal dresser.[6] Some believe that this issue led directly to Andrews's termination, but officials at Buckingham Palace state there is no truth in this and that her dismissal was a result of cost-cutting.[3]

New marriage prospectEdit

In 1998, a mutual acquaintance introduced Andrews to Thomas Ashley Cressman (22 October 1960 - 18 September 2000), a former stockbroker. Cressman ran a successful business selling car accessories and mixed in the upper echelons of London society.[3] Because of her supposed financial hardships at the time, Andrews moved into Cressman's flat in Fulham shortly into their relationship. She gained employment at Claridge's Hotel in October 1999 as a PR manager but was required to leave after only two months.[4] For the next two years in the couple's relationship, Andrews made obvious that she pinned all her hopes on Cressman as her future husband and father of her children.[6]

MurderEdit

In September 2000, Andrews accompanied Cressman on a holiday to Italy and to his family's villa on the French Riviera. Andrews was reportedly expecting Cressman to propose marriage to her during their holiday, but instead he told her that he had no intention to marry her.[3] After returning to the couple's Fulham flat on 17 September, the couple began to argue heatedly. Cressman called police to say that "somebody is going to get hurt", but no police came to his flat. Later that night, while Cressman was sleeping, Andrews hit him with a cricket bat and then stabbed him with a knife.

Following the bloody attack, Andrews fled the scene.[4] She contacted her ex-husband Christopher Dunn-Butler shortly after killing Cressman, then sent out text messages to friends inquiring about her lover's whereabouts and well-being. She claimed to have no involvement in Cressman's death and stated that he was being blackmailed. Andrews was untraceable for days, until police in Cornwall found her overdosed in her car.[4] She once again survived her suicide attempt and, after a police interrogation, Andrews was arrested and charged with Cressman's murder.

Cressman's body was subsequently buried in the Garden of Ascension (Lot 9374, Space 1) at Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Glendale), California. His epitaph reads "TOMMY - ALWAYS IN OUR HEARTS".[7]

Trial and imprisonmentEdit

On 23 April 2001, Jane Andrews went to trial at the Old Bailey. Her trial made international headlines.[8] Prosecutors stated that the motive for the killing was a woman scorned. Andrews, however, testified in her own defence that Cressman had been abusive to her during their relationship. She cited his sexual obsessions and an incident two years earlier in which she had broken her arm while dancing, stating that Cressman had pushed her. She also claimed that she had suffered abuse during childhood which led her to kill.[8] After twelve hours of jury deliberation, she was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison.[8]

In 2002, a psychiatrist diagnosed Andrews with borderline personality disorder.[3] In November 2009, after having served nine years in custody, Andrews escaped from the East Sutton Park Prison in Kent. After three days, she was captured in a hotel room with her family just six miles from the prison.[9] She was ultimately not charged with absconding.

ReleaseEdit

Andrews had been considered for early release several times but was repeatedly adjudged a 'danger to the public'. On 21 May 2015, it was nevertheless announced that Andrews would be released,[10] and on 19 June 2015, she was released on licence, with a view to making the transition from prison to mainstream society in a probation hostel.[citation needed]

In 2018, she was jailed again, after having been accused of harassing a former paramour.[11]

Jane Andrews was released from prison on the 8th August 2019, and was subsequently residing in a bail hostel.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "R v JANE DAWN ELIZABETH ANDREWS (2003)".
  2. ^ "Search Results for England & Wales Births 1837-2006 - findmypast.co.uk". search.findmypast.co.uk.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Was it really murder? Part I". The Guardian. London. 30 August 2003.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g Stubley, Peter. "Jane Andrews: Naked Ambition". Court News UK.
  5. ^ "The killer who could not take rejection". The Daily Telegraph. London. 17 May 2001.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g Hutchings, Ian (9 August 2011). "Jane Andrews". True Crime Blog UK. Blogspot.
  7. ^ https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/85372887/thomas-ashley-cressman
  8. ^ a b c Seamark, Michael; Kay, Richard. "Former royal aide is found guilty of love rage murder". Daily Mail. London.
  9. ^ Cockcroft, Lucy (25 November 2009). "Fugitive killer Jane Andrews found with her parents in hotel room". The Daily Telegraph. London.
  10. ^ Daily Telegraph 21 May 2015
  11. ^ Wells, Tom (13 July 2018). "Fergie's former aide back in jail after murder for 'harassment' of ex". The Sun. Retrieved 15 November 2018.