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Ex-royal aide still a danger, says murder victim's brother

By Matthew Cooper

Published 23/05/2015

Jane Andrews
Jane Andrews

The brother of the businessman murdered by former royal aide Jane Andrews has condemned the Parole Board's decision to release her from prison.

Rick Cressman, whose brother Tom died after being stabbed in the chest in London in September 2000, said family members were "very disappointed" at the prospect of Andrews being freed.

Andrews, a former dresser to the Duchess of York, was jailed for life in 2001 after an Old Bailey jury heard that she killed Mr Cressman when he refused to marry her.

Jurors rejected Andrews' claims that she was acting in self-defence when she struck Mr Cressman (39), with a cricket bat at the home they shared in Fulham.

Speaking after the Parole Board's decision was made public, Rick Cressman said the victim's family shared his fears that Andrews remained a danger.

The 64-year-old hotelier said: "It's a fairly soft result. The justice we have got is not adequate, particularly for the most serious crime anyone can commit.

"At the end of the day, we have to serve a life sentence for all our lives. Our life sentence is one we will never get parole from."

Giving voice to worries that Andrews may reoffend, Mr Cressman added: "I don't know how they came to the conclusion that she is safe to release."

Describing Andrews as a "proven" danger, Mr Cressman, who is set to fly to America in the next few days for his daughter's wedding, said: "Andrews has never shown any genuine remorse for what she did and that is what makes me have scant regard about her rehabilitation.

"It's very, very disappointing that she has been released after just 14 years."

A spokesman for the Parole Board said: "We can confirm that a three-member panel of the Parole Board has directed the release of Jane Andrews. The decision to release is a matter for the board, which is independent."

A Ministry of Justice spokesman said the release of life-sentence prisoners was directed by the Parole Board once they were satisfied they can be safely managed in the community.

Grimsby-born Andrews worked as a dresser for the Duchess of York for nine years until 1997.

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