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Essex: Jay Whiston murder trial delayed

13:41 13 January 2014

Jay Whiston from Clacton

Jay Whiston from Clacton


The trial of a teenager accused of murdering a schoolboy at a party has been delayed.


Jay Whiston, 17, of Aster Close, Clacton, was stabbed at a house party to celebrate a girl’s 15th birthday in the town’s Marlowe Way at about 10pm on September 8 2012. He died in hospital soon afterwards.

Since his death, his mother, Caroline Shearer, has launched the anti-knife crime charity Only Cowards Carry.

Unemployed Edward Redman, 18, of Halstead Road, Colchester, denies murder and appeared at Chelmsford Crown Court today.

Wearing a blue suit and grey tie, he spoke only to confirm his name.

Prosecutor Mark Milliken-Smith QC told the court it was unlikely that a jury would be sworn in and the case opened until Wednesday.

Redman’s father, Gary Redman, 51, and student brother John Redman, 19, of the same address, will also stand trial accused of conspiring to pervert the course of justice.

Shannon Fenlon, 19, from Jameson Road, Clacton, denies the same charge.

The trial is expected to last up to 10 weeks.



Nick Alston, Essex Police and Crime Commissioner, pictured with Chief Constable Stephen Kavanagh. Picture: Su Anderson.

Police chiefs in Essex gave a cautious welcome yesterday to the Chancellor’s announcement there would be no further cuts to policing.

Police at the scene of the robbery

Two men have been arrested in connection with a robbery at a One Stop convenience store in Claydon, Suffolk, on Sunday.

Police enforced a cordon at around 3pm

Two suspected unexploded mortars and ammunition, found in a building site in Colchester, saw a 100m cordon enforced in Mersea Road afternoon.

Police joined forces with partner agencies for the operation

People were arrested and vehicles seized in a series of police checks carried around in Ipswich and Thetford this week.

A barge on the River Gipping at Bramford around 1895. The road bridge and St Mary’s Church are on the left.

Beautiful countryside, with pleasant walks, fishing and picnic areas are how most now see the area around the River Gipping.

Pictured is Tim Yeo

Former Tory MP Tim Yeo has lost his libel action over a “cash-for-advocacy” claim which he said trashed his reputation.

Essex public sector cuts

Public sector bodies in north Essex have had more than half a billion pounds cut from their budgets over the past five years.

Will Quince speaking in the House of Commons.

Colchester MP Will Quince said he was completely surprised to be named in the Autumn Statement for his pressure to give money raised from the so-called “tampon tax” to women’s charities.

Woolverstone Wish appeal hits the half million mark.  Fundraisers and supporters meet on the site

Work is at last under way on a long-awaited and desperately needed new £3.7million state-of-the-art cancer centre – after a stunning past 12 months of fundraising.

Ipswich council leader David Ellesmere at the former sugar beet factory site off Sproughton Road.

A new Enterprize Zone involving 10 development sites across East Anglia, with the potential to create 18,500 jobs, was announced by Chancellor George Osborne today.

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