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Tuesday, 8 May, 2001, 11:21 GMT 12:21 UK
Royal aide denies being jilted
Jane Andrews and Thomas Cressman
Jane Andrews denies murdering Thomas Cressman
The Duchess of York's former aide has rejected claims she was jilted by the lover who was later found stabbed to death in her bed.

Jane Andrews told the jury at the Old Bailey her boyfriend Tommy Cressman had never said he was not going to marry her.

But she said she had told friends and her ex-husband Christopher Dunn-Butler that their affair was over because she had been rowing with Mr Cressman in France.


(He said) he was very committed and we did have a future

Jane Andrews
Ms Andrews, 34, denies murdering Mr Cressman, 39, by hitting him on the head with a cricket bat and stabbing him in the chest, claiming she was acting in self-defence.

His body was discovered at their home in Fulham, south west London, on 18 September and Ms Andrews was found slumped in her car in Cornwall a few days later after taking an overdose of painkillers.

Ms Andrews told the hearing she was very upset by the arguments but denied Mr Cressman had called off marriage plans.

Commitment problems

She said her lover had told her "that he was very committed and that we did have a future and that we were to get married".

The trial resumed its third week on Tuesday, having been adjourned on Thursday when Ms Andrews broke down in the witness box when she was asked about being abused as a child.

Duchess of York
Jane Andrews spent nearly a decade as a Royal aide
The jury has already heard evidence that Ms Andrews had been raped by Mr Cressman on the day before his death after she said she was leaving him.

She said the couple had rowed after Mr Cressman had refused to see a therapist despite admitting he needed help for sexual and commitment problems and his "black moods".

Ms Andrews has repeatedly denied she intended to murder her boyfriend, to whom she was "devoted".

She claims she was acting in self-defence following a series of vicious arguments between the pair.

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