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Tuesday, 1 May, 2001, 18:32 GMT 19:32 UK
Aide 'did not mean to harm boyfriend'
Jane Andrews and Thomas Cressman
Jane Andrews denies murdering Thomas Cressman
Former royal aide Jane Andrews has told the Old Bailey that she did not mean to kill her boyfriend Thomas Cressman.

Ms Andrews said she hit the businessman on the head with a cricket bat and was holding the knife which caused the fatal stab wound in his chest.

But asked by her counsel John Kelsey-Fry QC: "Did you intend that Tom Cressman should be stabbed with it?", she replied: "No".

I grabbed the knife and he just came at me ... I didn't do anything

Jane Andrews
The prosecution alleges she killed the businessman in a rage after he refused to marry her but Ms Andrews says she acted in self defence.

Whilst giving evidence, Ms Andrews' voice sometimes faltered as she told the jury that Mr Cressman "was a wonderful person most of the time".

She had been "devoted" to him but there were matters which caused rows between them.

Earlier, the jury heard a tape of Ms Andrews sobbing as she told police how 39-year-old Mr Cressman died.

Ms Andrews, 34, said during a tape-recorded police interview that they had been arguing at the west London house they shared, and that he had hit her.

On the tape Ms Andrews said that after an argument with Mr Cressman, they had gone to bed and he had forcefully requested sex.

The Old Bailey jury heard her break down in floods of tears as she told officers she had left the bedroom, but that when she returned, Mr Cressman hit her in the back with his knee.

Picked up knife

Ms Andrews told police: "I just got out of bed and I went downstairs. I went into the kitchen and picked up one of the kitchen knives.

"I went back into the bedroom and laid it on the floor and got back into bed.

"I thought if he hit me any more I would just say 'Don't touch me'."

She said she fell asleep but awoke to find Mr Cressman hitting her.

"I just got out of bed and hit him. He walked round and hit me... He was pulling me by the hair and trying to kick me.

"I grabbed the knife and he just came at me ... I didn't do anything ... he just came at me ... he punched me to the head with his knuckles and I just grabbed at him and I don't know what happened."

Drove away

Ms Andrews said she remembered Mr Cressman falling down. She added: "I was just so scared."

She got dressed and ran from the house, she said, adding: "I just fell into my car and drove and drove and drove."

The court has been told that the incident happened in the early hours of Sunday 17 September.

Ms Andrews was found the following week having taken an overdose of pain killers in her VW Polo in a lay-by in Cornwall.

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

Ms Andrews worked for the Duchess of York as a dresser and aide for nine years until 1997 when she suddenly lost her job.

Friends said the change left her devastated and she wanted to build a new life with Mr Cressman.

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