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Tuesday, 24 April, 2001, 16:51 GMT 17:51 UK
Ex-Royal aide 'left notes after murder'
Jane Andrews
Jane Andrews was a long-time employee of the Duchess of York
The Duchess of York's former personal aide left two notes for her parents after killing her boyfriend, a jury has heard.

Jane Andrews, who is on trial for the murder of Thomas Cressman, left the notes on a kitchen worktop in the home they shared before fleeing for the West Country, the Old Bailey was told.

Miss Andrews, 34, had been the Duchess's personal assistant and dresser for nine years until 1997.

She is alleged to have killed Mr Cressman, 39, because he would not marry her.

Murder victim Thomas Cressman
Thomas Cressman: Found stabbed at home
She denies murdering him at their home in Fulham, west London, between 15 September and 19 September last year.

The notes were unveiled to the jury by Bruce Houlder, QC, prosecuting.

One said: "My dearest parents, I am so sorry. No more hurt inside me anymore."

The other read: "Tom hurt me so much. He was so cruel to me."

Mr Houlder told the court that Mr Cressman died after Andrews hit him with a cricket bat, and then stabbed in the chest with a 19cm knife.

Phone messages

The court also heard how Miss Andrews left a voicemail message on 17 September on the telephone of her former husband Christopher Dunn-Butler saying she was "sorry for dragging him into all this".

Two days later she sent two text messages to Mr Dunn-Butler, the first saying: "Four days now, Tommy has not called me - why?"

The second message said: "What is wrong? why do the press want me?"

Mr Houlder said: "She must have known perfectly well why the press wanted her by that stage."

Miss Andrews' friend Christina Abbott told the court that in May last year, Miss Andrews contacted her in a "quite hysterical" state to say that she had been inside Mr Cressman's office and had found e-mails between himself and another woman in America.

She had been particularly upset when she read Mr Cressman's reference to her as an "old pair of slippers that he could not be got rid of".

The jury heard how Miss Andrews had told police she acted in self-defence.

It was disclosed that Miss Andrews had been abused as a child and sought the help of a number of counsellors prior to the alleged murder.

Gabrielle Montgomery, a friend of Mr Cressman for 14 years, told the court that he had never shown any sign of violence or aggression.

She said she felt Miss Andrews was "very insecure" in her relationship with Mr Cressman.

The trial was adjourned until Wednesday.

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