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Wednesday, 16 May, 2001, 12:35 GMT 13:35 UK
Andrews jury considers verdict
Jane Andrews
Jane Andrews was a former aide of the Duchess of York
The jury in the trial of former Royal aide Jane Andrews, accused of murdering her boyfriend, is considering its verdict for a third day.

Judge Michael Hyam, the Recorder of London, told the Old Bailey jury he could accept a majority verdict if at least 10 jurors were agreed, but urged them to try to reach unanimous agreement.

The jury of 10 women and two men retired to consider the case on Monday but has so far failed to reach a unanimous decision.


The time has now come when I could accept a majority verdict

Judge Michael Hyam
Ms Andrews, 34, denies murdering 39-year-old Tom Cressman in bed at their 400,000 home in Fulham, west London, in the early hours of 17 September last year.

Before being sent out to begin deliberations, the jury was told to consider the issue of self defence when deciding if Ms Andrews was guilty of murder.

Summing up after 12 days of evidence, Judge Hyam said Ms Andrews was guilty of murder if she had deliberately stabbed Mr Cressman with the intention of killing or seriously injuring him.

She must be acquitted if she was acting in self defence or if the death was an accident, he told the jury.

'Self defence'

But he added that the jury of 10 women and two men, could consider a verdict of manslaughter if they believed Ms Andrews was provoked or suffering from diminished responsibility.

Ms Andrews' lawyers have argued that she was defending herself after Mr Cressman raped and threatened to kill her, and that he fell on the knife she was holding.

The prosecution alleges that Ms Andrews hit Mr Cressman with a cricket bat and stabbed him with a kitchen knife in a jealous rage after he refused to marry her.

The judge reminded the jury that two doctors had disagreed about whether Ms Andrews was suffering from clinical depression.

Dr Trevor Turner told the court she was likely to have been affected by her depressive symptoms and a hormonal condition, polycystic ovary syndrome.

'Depressive illness'

He compared her to someone "lost in a grey mist" who was scared of being attacked and was prepared to defend herself.

But Dr Damian Gamble said he found she was not suffering from a depressive illness, the judge said.

The fact that she admitted lying to the police after her arrest in September last year and had not mentioned her claims that Mr Cressman had raped and threatened to kill her did not make her guilty of murder, the judge added.

He continued: "The prosecution say that the evidence shows that the defendant deliberately stabbed Tom Cressman with the kitchen knife in circumstances where her intention must have been to kill him or to cause him really serious bodily harm, because you don't stab somebody with a knife without such intention.

"The defence say, along with the argument that the wound was caused by accident, that the defendant had no intention of causing him any harm at all and certainly not really serious bodily harm, and certainly not any intention of killing him."

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