Colchester/Clacton: Man jailed after admitting affray in connection to Jay Whiston murder

Rhys Hennerbry

Rhys Hennerbry - Credit: Archant

A man has been jailed for three years after causing affray on consecutive evenings in Colchester, with Clacton teenager Jay Whiston murdered on the second occasion.

Tendring Technology College student Jay, was stabbed at a house party in Marlowe Way, Lexden, shortly after 10pm on September 8 2012. The 17-year-old, of Aster Close, died a short time later in hospital from a stab wound.

Earlier this month unemployed Edward Redman, 18, was jailed for life after being found guilty of murdering Mr Whiston.

Rhys Hennerbry, an unemployed man of Gurdon Road in Colchester, pleaded guilty in 2013 to affray in connection with the stabbing.

On Friday at Chelmsford Crown Court, he was also found guilty of causing affray on September 7, 2012 during which a 19-year-old man was punched and kicked outside a house in St Andrew’s Avenue.

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Although Hennerbry, 19, pleaded guilty to his part in the Jay Whiston incident last year a reporting restriction imposed by the judge in the murder and affray cases meant it could only be reported at the end of the trial.

At Chelmsford Crown Court today he was sentenced to 12 months’ imprisonment for the St Andrew’s Avenue incident and two years’ in prison for the Marlowe Way incident, to run consecutively.

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