EXCLUSIVE: Duchess of York’s killer aide Jane Andrews is seen shopping as friends say she’s ‘terrified’ of tomorrow’s bombshell ITV documentary on how she stabbed her tycoon lover in bed and battered him with a cricket bat
- Jane Andrews stabbed her boyfriend Tom Cressman in the chest in 2000 and hit him with the cricket bat after he refused to marry her
- After attacking Mr Cressman, she left her lover dying as she went on the run, contacting friends on her mobile to pretend she knew nothing of his fate
- In 2001, Andrews, 53, sentenced to life for the killing, after the jury rejected her claims of abuse at the hands of her boyfriend when she said she woke up to find him trying to rape her
- Now an ITV documentary asks whether Andrews would still be convicted today after Britain’s first murder conviction was overturned on the grounds of domestic violence in the case of Sally Challen
- The Duchess of York’s former dresser is said to be apprehensive about the documentary as she was seen shopping this week in Lincolnshire where she is living after her prison release
Doing her food shopping, this is Jane Andrews, Fergie’s former dresser and convicted murderer, shortly before a bombshell TV documentary airs tomorrow.
According to friends, she is ‘terrified’ of the effect the documentary will have, reminding people that she killed her tycoon boyfriend Tom Cressman, beating him senseless in bed with a cricket bat and stabbing him in the heart with a kitchen knife at their home in Fulham, west London.
After attacking Mr Cressman, she left her lover dying as she went on the run, contacting friends on her mobile to pretend she knew nothing of his fate.
The prosecution case at her trial 20 years ago was that she flew into a rage after the former stockbroker said he would not marry her and that their two-year relationship was over.
Jurors rejected her claims that Mr Cressman, 39, had raped her and that she woke to find him hitting her and that in self-defence she hit him with a cricket bat and ‘he must have come forward on to the knife in the dark’.
Jane Andrews, 53, who was the Duchess of York’s dresser for nine years, murdered her ex-stockbroker boyfriend Tom Cressman in 2000. She was seen shopping in Lincolnshire this week ahead of tomorrow’s ITV documentary into her crime
Friends of Andrews, who moved back to her hometown in Lincolnshire after her released from prison in 2015, say that she is not looking forward to tomorrow night’s documentary and that she is ‘terrified’ of the effect that it will have
Andrews (pictured with Sarah Ferguson in 1994) was the royal’s dresser for nine years. When she was 21 she replied to an anonymous ad in The Lady magazine for a personal dresser – which turned out to be as a member of Fergie’s personal staff
Millionaire Tom Cressman (pictured right) was stabbed in the chest as he slept in his flat in Fulham, West London, after he refused to marry Andrews (left) and told her that their two-year relationship was over
Two years later the Court of Appeal likewise refused to accept claims that new psychiatric evidence showed she had diminished responsibility after she alleged she was sexually abused as a child.
Tomorrow night’s ITV documentary explores the rise and fall of Andrews and asks whether – after Britain’s first murder conviction was overturned on the grounds of domestic violence in the case of Sally Challen – Andrews would still be convicted today.
The 90-minute long documentary will feature her defence psychiatrist Trevor Turner, who goes on record for the first time to determine whether he is right or whether or if lead investigator Jim Dickie is correct when he says: ‘She is a cold-blooded murderer. Any man who gets into a relationship with her needs his head tested.’
When Andrews (seen this week) landed the job with Fergie, it transformed her life as she rubbed shoulders with royalty
In a rare photograph this week, near her home in Lincolnshire, Andrews looked relaxed in combat trousers, khaki top and wisps of blonde hair just visible beneath a cap.
Andrews, 53, sentenced to life in 2001 for the killing, now cuts a solitary figure in the genteel resort, the hometown where she has now returned after prison.
It’s all a far cry from the glamorous, globe-trotting life she once led at the side of the Duchess of York, when she worked as her dresser for nine years.
In 2001, Andrews’ claims of abuse at the hands of her boyfriend and a defence plea of guilty to manslaughter due to diminished responsibility, were dismissed by a jury’s majority verdict after less than 12 hours.
Andrews was 21 when she replied to an anonymous ad in The Lady magazine for a personal dresser – which turned out to be as a member of Fergie’s personal staff. The job would transform her life.
Andrews started her role at Buckingham Palace in 1988 – the same year the Duchess gave birth to eldest daughter Princess Beatrice.
Responsible for sorting out Fergie’s wardrobe, the former Grimsby College of Art student now found herself rubbing shoulders with royalty.
She dropped her Grimsby accent and became firm friends with Fergie, who, in a good-natured dig at her upmarket transformation, referred to her as ‘Lady Jane’. But all that changed in September 2000, after the couple holidayed in Italy and the French Riviera.
Andrews had expected him to propose to her during the trip, but instead, he told her he had no intention of marrying her.
After returning to the couple’s Fulham flat on 17 September, they began to argue heatedly. Cressman called police, warning that ‘somebody is going to get hurt’, but no officers arrived.
Later that night, while Cressman was sleeping, the court heard, Andrews hit him with a cricket bat and then stabbed him with a knife.
Andrews, right, pictured with the Duchess of York, left, was let go from the Royal Household in 1997 in a cost cutting exercise. She remained close to the royal after she left her job, however it is unknown if the pair are still in touch
Following the bloody attack, Andrews went on the run, sending out diversionary text messages to friends inquiring about her lover’s whereabouts and well-being.
Following the discovery of the body she claimed to have no involvement in Cressman’s death and stated that he was being blackmailed. Andrews was hunted for days until police in Cornwall found her overdosed in her car.
She survived the suicide attempt and Andrews was arrested and charged with Cressman’s murder.
In May 2001, she was convicted of Tom Cressman’s murder, despite, as senior investigating officer Supt Jim Dickie, put it, trying to ‘destroy’ her lover’s reputation in the course of her defence.
Behind bars, Andrews was reportedly known as ‘Fergie’s bird’ among fellow inmates.
In 2009, she absconded from a Kent open prison and, covered in mud, met her elderly parents in a graveyard in the dead of night. She then contacted a taxi driver who tipped off a newspaper and she was swiftly recaptured.
In 2015, 14 years into her life term, Andrews was released from prison, much to the disgust of Mr Cressman’s family.
American Mr Cressman’s hotelier brother, Rick said later: ‘At the parole hearing which saw her freed, our family’s joint letter warning of the dangers of her being released was clearly ignored.’
He previously warned: ‘Any man who gets into a relationship with her will be at serious risk as she clearly cannot cope with rejection.’
Andrews was caged again in 2018 for breaching her licence amid claims she harassed a married man. Police investigated the claims, but took no action.
Between the two prison terms, Andrews made money selling bric-a-brac and Royal memorabilia at a stall inside an antiques centre.
Now, complain her supporters, her past will be brought up again for ‘trial by television’ in a documentary originally to be fronted by controversial journalist Martin Bashir.
The BBC presenter is currently under investigation himself for allegedly forging bank statements in the run-up to his bombshell Panorama interview with Princess Diana in 1995.
Bashir was subsequently replaced as the presenter of Wednesday’s programme by a narrator as the programme makers seek to examine whether she would have been treated differently by a court these days.
Jane Andrews, pictured left in 2015 following her initial release from prison for the murder Mr Cressman, started her role at Buckingham Palace in 1988 – the same year the Duchess (right) gave birth to eldest daughter Princess Beatrice
ITV said of the programme: ‘After Britain’s first murder conviction was overturned on the grounds of domestic violence in the case of Sally Challen, this film sets out to tell the definitive story of Andrews’ rise and fall, asking whether the courts would have dealt with the case in the same way had it happened now.’
The documentary features an interview with defence psychiatrist Trevor Turner, who goes on record for the first time to argue that Andrews was suffering from a form of PTSD because of the alleged abuse from her lover.
Added ITV: ‘The film explores whether his claim is right, or if lead investigator Jim Dickie is correct when he says: “She is a cold-blooded murderer. Any man who gets into a relationship with her needs his head tested.”’
Campaigner Julie Bindel, who has supported Andrews for years through law reform group Justice For Women, argues that Andrews is being treated differently because she’s a woman and that a man convicted of murder would have been allowed to ‘quietly disappear from public view’ by now.
‘This is the fifth time there’s been a documentary about her and it’s the same old stuff being dredged up again,’ said Bindel.
‘She’s terrified of all the reaction to this. She has expressed remorse for her crimes, and wanted to write to the Cressman family to do exactly that but wasn’t allowed to be the prison authorities. ‘
Jane Andrews told Julie Bindel in the Sunday Telegraph: ‘I will always regret what I did – it was a terrible thing to do. But I deserve to live the rest of my life without always looking over my shoulder.’
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