Grieving family shocked at 'brutal' murderer's release - The Solihull Observer

Grieving family shocked at 'brutal' murderer's release

Solihull Editorial 29th May, 2015 Updated: 21st Oct, 2016   0

“A LIFE sentence should mean for life, because for us Tom’s death is a continual life sentence we will never be able to be freed from.”

Those are the words of grieving Nailcote Hall boss, who has slammed the decision to release the ‘manipulative liar’ convicted of murdering his brother.

Rick Cressman has spoken of his anger after it emerged the Parole Board had directed the release of Jane Andrews just 14 years into her life sentence.

Andrews stabbed her then boyfriend – Solihull-born businessman Tom Cressman – to death in their Fulham flat in 2000 after knocking him unconscious with a cricket bat.

The former Royal aide to the Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson, was sentenced to life imprisonment at The Old Bailey in 2001, with a minimum of 12 years.

But local businessman Rick said he was very disappointed with the Boards’ decision to release the woman he described as ‘a cold, calculating and brutal murderer’.

Speaking to The Observer, the 64-year-old said: “I don’t believe rehab can happen in her case.

“There has been no level of remorse on her end – even from early on in her trial and appeal – so we as a family cannot accept her ‘remorse’ as having any real validity.

“I only hope the Parole Board have not been manipulated by her.”

Rick said the latest revelation had come as a shock to the whole family – particularly his 88-year-old mother – who are still grieving the loss of their beloved Tommy.

He also revealed that the news has come weeks before his daughter Lauren’s wedding and just after the birth of his first grandson, Oliver.

He added: “Our grief becomes a surge pain when we think of all the things he’s missed being involved with us as family.

“Oliver should have had an Uncle Tommy.

“Lauren should have her uncle there at her wedding.

“14 years just doesn’t feel right to us as a family.”


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