July 31 2014 Latest news:
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The teenager accused of murdering Jay Whiston has been convicted.
A man has been convicted of killing Clacton teenager Jay Whiston.
Jay, 17, was stabbed at a house party in Marlowe Way, Colchester, on September 8, 2012.
Yesterday a jury at Chelmsford Crown Court found Edward Redman, 18, guilty of murder following a three-month trial.
Redman, of High Street, Halstead, had denied the charge.
He has been remanded in custody for sentencing, and Judge Charles Gratwicke has warned Redman he faces a lengthy sentence.
Redman’s father Gary Redman, 52, and brother John Redman, 20, both of the same address, along with Redman’s ex-girlfriend Shannon Fenlon, 19, of Jameson Road, Clacton, were also all found guilty of conspiring to pervert the course of justice.
The charges related to disposing of Redman’s T-shirt and phone in a bid to hamper the police investigation.
They have all also been remanded in custody prior to sentencing.
Det Insp Anne Cameron, senior investigating officer, welcomed the verdict.
She said: “Ever since he was a young teenager Edward Redman has been a prolific offender, posing a threat to others within the community especially those who stood up to him. He is a violent selfish thug who does not care for anyone else’s needs.
“Jay was a young, charming morally courageous young man who would stand up to those who did wrong. Sadly, his life came to an end due to his heroic actions.
“Following nearly 12 weeks’ testimony from witnesses, many of whom are just teenagers themselves, Jay’s family and friends can finally breathe a sigh of relief that Edward Redman will be sentenced to life imprisonment.
“It was not a surprise when the defence did not offer any evidence – if Edward Redman can’t get in that box and try to defend himself there is no defence.
“On behalf of Essex Police, I would like to thank the many witnesses who have supported the investigation by providing statements and testifying at court.
“Their courage to ensure the truth was told, whatever the pressure put upon them, will have placed a great deal of undue stress on them and their family and friends. I am eternally grateful for their honesty and wish them well in their lives and future careers.
“I am really grateful to the schools and community who immediately tried to assist with our witnesses and deal with the trauma they were facing.
“I want to thank my team and others who worked within this investigation. They have worked tirelessly over the past 18 months to ensure justice is seen for the fruitless murder of Jay. Their actions have put a dangerous, criminal behind bars.
“I am also comforted by the guilty verdicts delivered against Edward Redman’s father, brother and former girlfriend.
“I was keen to ensure those who helped Redman were held to account because I think it is disgusting.”
“I do formally offer my condolences to all of Jay’s family but am minded whilst Edward Redman will spend many years in jail, no action from any individual will bring Jay back into their lives.”
Commenting on the shout of “allow it, allow it” made by Redman during the fight, Det Insp Cameron added: “There’s a suggestion it is an order for everyone else to stop.
“He has shouted that to allow people to look at his actions. He has asserted his authority, ‘I’m the boss’.”