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Rick Cressman outraged over "soft option" for killer Jane Andrews

Solihull businessman Rick Cressman has said he is “disgusted” his brother’s killer will not spend the last years of her life sentence behind bars.

Rick Cressman

SOLIHULL businessman Rick Cressman has said he is “disgusted” his brother’s killer will not spend the last years of her life sentence behind bars.

He recently visited Send Prison in Surrey, where Jane Andrews, 40, is incarcerated, to plead for her not to be moved to an open prison with a softer penal regime.

Mr Cressman, aged 58, said his appeal at a parole hearing fell on deaf ears and “a woman who carried out a shocking premeditated murder will almost go free”.

Jane Andrews

Andrews, the former dresser to Sarah, Duchess of York, was sentenced to serve 15 years - later reduced on appeal to 12 - for the murder of her lover, Tom Cressman, aged 39, at his London home in 2000.

It was said in court he was bludgeoned with a cricket bat and stabbed in the chest with a kitchen knife after he refused to marry her. Andrews is expected to be transferred from Send to East Sutton Park, an open prison in Kent, where she will be allowed to take a job on the outside.

At the parole hearing, Mr Cressman, who owns Nailcote Hall country house hotel at Berkswell, read out a statement from his 81-year-old mother Barbara, who said Andrews should not be out in the community.

“It didn’t make any difference at all, no-one took any notice,” he said. “The Great Train Robber Ronnie Biggs never set out to kill anyone but he, a 79-year-old man, is being kept behind bars.

“However, a brutal, cold-blooded murderer who has never shown any remorse is given a much easier time in jail. It is an insult to the victims of crime and makes a mockery of the prison system, which is far too slack.

“Serving eight years of a so-called life sentence is a nonsense.”

 

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