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The BBC's Suzanna Reid
reports from the trial
 real 56k

Wednesday, 25 April, 2001, 19:12 GMT 20:12 UK
Aide's boyfriend begged for help
Duchess of York with (then known as) Jane Dunn-Butler
Jane Andrews was "devastated" at losing her Royal job
The partner of a former royal aide dialled 999 and begged for help the day before he died from stab wounds, the Old Bailey has heard.

Jane Andrews, 34, a former aide to the Duchess of York, denies murdering Thomas Cressman, the son of a millionaire, in his Fulham home last September.

It is alleged that Mr Cressman, 39, died after Ms Andrews hit him with a cricket bat and then stabbed him in the chest with an 8in kitchen knife.

Jane Andrews
Ms Andrews: described as "intense"
The day before his death, he called 999 and said: "I'm having a major fight with my other half...We are rowing - someone's going to get hurt.

"I would like the police to come and split us up...I would like someone to stop us hurting each other. If you don't have somebody here soon somebody is."

But the operator said there was nothing police could do until a crime was committed.

Within 24 hours, on Sunday 17 September, Mr Cressman was dead.

He was found wearing only a pair of boxer shorts and a Rolex watch, his hands cut from efforts to pull the knife from his chest.

'Jealousy'

The court heard that Ms Andrews was driven by jealousy and murdered Mr Cresswell because he would not marry her.

"Jane was an intense character, intense about getting married, intent on catching Tommy, said Richard Gore, a close friend of Mr Cressman.

In a statement to police he said: 'I know through Tommy that she had threatened suicide in the past. Tommy was ready for marriage but not with Jane."

Murder victim Thomas Cressman
Thomas Cressman: Found stabbed at home
The court heard that Ms Andrews phoned a friend on the night before his death to say she had found out that Mr Cressman was having an affair.

Prosecutor Bruce Houlder said: "As the heat went out of their relationship anger and jealousy rose up in her and she took terrible revenge on the man she truly loved."

Earlier, the jury was told Ms Andrews had been "devastated" by losing her royal job and had found it difficult to find another she enjoyed.

Stormy holiday in France

Gil Hancox, a close friend since 1997, said: "I think she was devastated how unexpectedly it happened.

"It had been a difficult time for Jane. I think she was trying to draw strength in other areas and I think the relationship was very important to her."

The alleged murder took place just days after the couple returned from a holiday in France.

Police arrested Ms Andrews, originally from Grimsby, four days later after she took an overdose in her car in the West Country.

It was revealed in court earlier that Ms Andrews had been abused as a child and had sought counselling.

The trial continues.

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