Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 11°C

min temp: 2°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Video: Edward Redman convicted of murdering Essex teenager Jay Whiston

Edward Redman and friends in the Crouch Street underpass, Colchester, on their way to the house party where Redman fatally stabbed Jay Whiston.

Edward Redman and friends in the Crouch Street underpass, Colchester, on their way to the house party where Redman fatally stabbed Jay Whiston.

Archant

The teenager accused of murdering Jay Whiston has been convicted.

shares

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’.”

shares

0 comments

Emergency services including an air ambulance were called to the scene in Mersea Road, Colchester, close to the Strood, at 3.40pm. Pic: Alisha O’Dell Howard.

A double decker bus has crashed into a ditch in north-east Essex.

James Fairweather has been found guilty of murdering Nahid Almanea and James Attfield

The Colchester teenager convicted of murdering James Attfield and Nahid Almanea in Colchester in 2014 must serve a minimum of 27 years in jail.

Stock image of the Fiveways Roundabout in Mildenhall.

An Audi TT and a lorry were involved in a crash in west Suffolk on Friday evening.

Stock image.

Firefighters tackled a restaurant blaze in Colchester on Friday.

Joe Stilgoe, headlining this year's Ipswich School Festival of Music. Photo: Prasanna Puwanarajah

Hailed Britain’s very own Harry Connick Jr, Joe Stilgoe makes a welcome return to the Ipswich School Festival of Music this year.

West

 Appleby Rose Garden Seat presentation 
in Bury, April  1984

In 1984, the BBC was running its third series of programmes on English towns and one of those featured was Suffolk’s historical gem: Bury St Edmunds.

USAF fighter planes from RAF Lakenheath taken from a C130 Hercules

Almost £250,000 has been paid out in compensation for damage, injuries and loss of livestock caused by low flying military aircraft in East Anglia over the past five years, figures show.

Most read

Great Days Out

cover

Click here to view
the Great Days Out
supplement

View

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24