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Wednesday, 9 May, 2001, 14:20 GMT 15:20 UK
Ex-royal aide's judgement 'impaired'
Jane Andrews arriving at the Old Bailey
Jane Andrews arriving at the Old Bailey
The judgement of Jane Andrews, former royal aide to the Duchess of York, was "significantly impaired" when she killed her lover, the Old Bailey has heard.

Psychiatrist Dr Trevor Turner, who was called by the defence, said she had been suffering from "moderate symptoms" of depression.

But under cross-examination by Bruce Houlder QC, Dr Turner admitted the symptoms and diagnosis he described were not enough under the law to class her judgement as "substantially impaired".

Tommy Cressman
Mr Cressman was hit on the head and stabbed in the chest
Ms Andrews had previously rejected claims she was jilted by her lover, who was later found stabbed to death in her bed.

She also told the Old Bailey jury 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 their affair was over because she had been rowing with Mr Cressman in France.

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.

Prozac prescription

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.

Dr Turner, who examined Andrews once before writing a report for the court, said her medical history and statements from friends showed she had typical symptoms of depression such as low self-esteem and an inability to cope with things around her.


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

Jane Andrews
She had been prescribed anti-depressant medication on various occasions and was given Prozac in December 1997 after losing her job with the Duchess of York.

Two years later Ms Andrews was taken to Charing Cross Hospital in a tearful state, threatening to harm herself, the court heard.

Dr Turner said Ms Andrews' depression and past history meant that her reaction to stress would be "more aroused and much more panicky" than the normal person.

Disassociation

He said a depressed person could "resort to more immediate measures" if they saw themselves as under attack.

Dr Turner said Ms Andrews' actions in driving away from the house after the killing, sending text messages to friends denying what had happened and then taking an overdose of pain killers, were also indicative of someone with depression trying to disassociate themselves.

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.

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".

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