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Straw should resign after killer’s escape

THE brother of the man murdered by escaped killer Jane Andrews is calling for the resignation of Jack Straw.

THE brother of the man murdered by escaped killer Jane Andrews is calling for the resignation of Jack Straw.

Businessman Rick Cressman, owner of Nailcote Hall, in Berkswell, was speaking after Andrews was recaptured – more than two days after absconding from East Sutton Park open prison, near Maidstone, on Sunday.

The 42-year-old former dresser to the Duchess of York, was convicted in 2001 of battering her boyfriend Tom Cressman with a cricket bat and stabbing him at the house they shared in Fulham, West London, after he refused to marry her.

“Firstly as a family we are quite relieved she has been recaptured. We didn’t feel she should have been in an open prison this early in her sentence,” said Mr Cressman.

“I have had the courtesy of a call from the Ministry of Justice, and I am now expecting to meet Mr Straw.

“There are a lot of points we would like to put to him. I feel let down by the Government very badly.

“He should resign, and it will take a lot to convince me otherwise at our meeting.”

The businessman added: “We, and other victims of crime, are the forgotten people, and the perpetrators of the crime are the be all and all as far as the authorities are concerned. It’s pathetic that we can’t keep a 44-year-old murderer in prison. She has clearly wrapped the Prison Service around her little finger.

“It’s insulting to our family and to his memory. I think that just like she planned my brother’s murder, she planned to make a change in her life circumstances. My family think the Ministry of Justice made a very bad judgement.

“Jane Andrews has never shown any remorse to my family whatsoever. It kind of feels like he was murdered yesterday.”

Andrews was given a minimum 12-year term, but was moved to an open prison in Yorkshire in July before being transferred to East Sutton Park in November as part of long term preparations for her bid for release on parole in 2012 .

Her escape was discovered when she failed to turn up for roll call at 8pm on Sunday, seven hours after the previous check.

She was found by police early on Wednesday morning at a budget inn near the M20 with her parents and brother.

It is believed she had been sleeping rough before going to the hotel.

Andrews was last night in Holloway prison in north London where her mental health will be assessed.



Cathrina Hulse
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