Colchester Teen Convicted Of Clacton Boy's Murder

An 18 year-old Colchester man has today been convicted of the murder of Clacton teenager Jay Whiston.

17 year-old Jay was stabbed at a house party in Marlow Way in Colchester on the night of September 8, 2012, and died in hospital shortly afterwards.

Edward Redman, 18, of Halstead Road, Colchester, had denied murder but was found guilty by a jury of seven men and five women after four hours of deliberations at Chelmsford Crown Court.

He's been warned he faces a substantial prison sentence.

The family of Mr Whiston cheered in court and somebody shouted "scum" from the public gallery as the verdict was returned.

The court heard that the stabbing came after Redman demanded Mr Whiston's friend hand over his drink.

The "unprovoked" stabbing was described by prosecutor Mark Milliken-Smith QC as a "desperate example of the catastrophe and heartbreak'' brought about by the use of knives.

Judge Charles Gratwicke said: "You have been found guilty of a vicious, cold blooded stabbing. You'll have to prepare yourself for a substantial prison sentence."

He will be sentenced at a later date when a probation report has been prepared.

Redman (pictured below) did not give evidence during the 13-week trial.

Edward Redman

During the trial, Mr Milliken-Smith said the party where the stabbing took place was "advertised to friends via Facebook and by personal word of mouth" by the host.

The court heard that "numbers grew", and some people, whose presence may not necessarily have been wanted at the party, were in attendance.

Mr Milliken-Smith said Mr Whiston arrived at about 8.30pm with a friend.

Around 100 others were at the party, he added.

The jury heard that Redman and his group brought "an air of unease and tension", and that they were "spreading an air of fear".

Redman had demanded that Mr Whiston's friend give him his drink before pushing him.

Despite Mr Whiston, of Aster Close, Clacton, telling him "we don't want trouble", Redman punched and then stabbed him, the court heard.

As his victim staggered away, Redman followed him before hitting him on the head with a bottle and stabbing him again.

After the killing Redman was heard saying on his phone "Just tell them there was a big fight. You don't know anything about it" as he encouraged others to cover up what had happened.

Redman's father Gary Redman, 51, and brother John Redman, 19, were both found guilty of perverting the course of justice.

Shannon Fenlon, 19, from Jameson Road, Clacton, looked shocked as she was convicted of the same offence.

All were remanded in custody ahead of sentencing at a later date.

Local News

Recently Played Tracks

On Radio: Matt Mackay

4pm - 7pm

Email the show

Text 'ESSEX' to 82122

Matt Mackay

On TV: 18 Sleeps Til Santa!

6pm - 7pm

Watch heart TV

  • Elton John Step Into Christmas

    18:32

    iTunes

  • Chris Rea Driving Home For Christmas

    18:25

    iTunes

  • John Lennon , Yoko Ono Happy Christmas (War Is Over)

    18:17

    iTunes

  • Tom Jones & Cerys Matthews Baby It's Cold Outside

    18:10

    iTunes

Heart VIP

Local

Autumn Weather

Find your local four day weather report here.

Listening To Radio Win With Heart

Make Heart the soundtrack to your day and you could be a winner with great prizes up for grabs throughout the day.

Advertise Advertise in Essex

Get some great ideas on how to advertise your business on radio, online and on mobile.

Follow Heart on Twitter