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Monday, 30 April, 2001, 17:31 GMT 18:31 UK
Boyfriend's last letter 'found in bin'
Jane Andrews
Jane Andrews: Many phonecalls to her ex-husband
A last letter to former Royal dresser Jane Andrews from her boyfriend Thomas Cressman was found torn up and thrown in the bin, a jury at the Old Bailey has heard.

The letter was discovered by police searching the wealthy businessman's west London home, the day after he was found stabbed to death in his bedroom.

Ms Andrews, 34, who denies murder, is alleged to have killed her 39-year-old boyfriend last September with a kitchen knife after he refused to marry her.

Your jealousy has got out of hand

Thomas Cressman's letter

Ms Andrews is said to have placed all her hopes on starting a new life with Mr Cressman after her nine years as dresser and aide to the Duchess of York came to a sudden end in 1997.

But in the letter, Mr Cressman said their life together had been less than happy.

Richard Whittam, prosecuting, said the letter was not dated but had the address of his mother's home in the south of France on the top.

Mr Cressman is thought to have been killed in the early hours of 17 September, having returned from holiday with Andrews in France.

'Mood swings'

The letter said: "I do care about you. Yes, times have been difficult for us over the last year but I do like you and like being with you.

"However, over the last two months, I have thought I have been walking on egg shells all the time. Your mood swings have been hard to predict."

He said he had done things to try to help but nothing had been good enough.

Murder victim Thomas Cressman
Thomas Cressman: Found stabbed at home
Mr Cressman added: "Your jealousy has also got out of hand. You question me every day and won't let me do anything with the boys and without you.

"It has just got too much. I realise the hard times you have had and wanted to make things better."

Earlier, Ms Andrews's former husband Christopher Dunn-Butler gave evidence.

The couple were married in 1989 and divorced in 1994.

He said he had not seen Ms Andrews since the divorce but spoke to her occasionally on the telephone.

Overdose

But she rang him on 15 September from France to say Mr Cressman did not want to marry her.

He said he then received up to 10 phone calls and text messages over the next few days.

On Saturday morning, Ms Andrews rang to say: "He is attacking me."

But it was soon followed by a message to say: "Don't worry, everything is OK."

Another call had woken him in the early hours after Mr Cressman is thought to have died.


She was upset that her relationship was in trouble

Christopher Dunn-Butler
ex-husband

Mr Dunn-Butler said: "The only recollection I have is that it was Jane again and she was upset that her relationship was in trouble. I got the impression that she was out in her car."

He said Ms Andrews was speaking quickly and he was allowing himself to be a "listening board", knowing she had a tendency to be melodramatic.

Ms Andrews was found on 20 September having taken an overdose of pain killers in her VW Polo in a layby in Cornwall.

After being treated in hospital, she was taken to London to be questioned by police.

She told detectives she had acted in self-defence.

The hearing was adjourned until Tuesday.

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