Update: Teen remanded in custody in connection with murder of Jay Whiston

Alleged murder victim Jay Whiston from Clacton

Alleged murder victim Jay Whiston from Clacton - Credit: © Peter Lawson/Eastnews Press A

A teenager has today been charged with the murder of Clacton youngster Jay Whiston.

A boy has this afternoon has been remanded in custody after appearing at court charged with the murder of a Clacton teenager in Colchester last summer (2012).

Jay Whiston was stabbed at a house party on Marlowe Way shortly after 10pm on Saturday, September 8. The 17-year-old boy from Aster Close died a short time later in hospital, with a subsequent provisional post-mortem examination result showing the cause of death to have been from a stab wound.

After eight months’ worth of enquiries, a 17-year-old boy from Colchester was charged with one count of murder on Wednesday, May 22 and detained in police custody prior to his appearance at Colchester Magistrates Court.

He has been remanded in court custody prior to his appearance at Chelmsford Crown Court on Friday, May 24.


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Three Colchester men, two aged 19 and one aged 18, who were all also arrested on suspicion of murder during the investigation are on police bail until Thursday, July 25 pending further enquiries.

In mid-November, three people were arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender. The three, a 51-year-old man, a 42-year-old woman and a 19-year-old man, are now on police bail also until Thursday, July 25 pending further enquiries.

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Earlier this month (May), four people were arrested on suspicion of witness intimidation. Two 18-year-old men from Colchester, and two people from Clacton, a 16-year-old girl and an 18-year-old woman, are currently on police bail Thursday, June 13 pending further enquiries.

A spokesman for Essex Police said: “Everyone, members of the public as well as the media, are advised that the naming of juvenile suspects, those aged 17 and under, on social networking sites is illegal and contravenes the Contempt of Court Act.”

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