From royal dresser to bargain hunting in charity shops: New life of freed killer Jane Andrews is a far cry from the one she led as Fergie's aide 

  • Freed killer Jane Andrews seen hunting for bargains at local charity shop
  • She was also pictured buying a microwave from Asda and items from B&Q 
  • Former aide to Duchess of York killed businessman Tom Cressman in 2000
  • Ahead of release, she bought four-bedroom cottage for more than £200,000

While working as an aide to the Duchess of York, Jane Andrews often found herself shopping for the royal at high-end stores Harrods and Fortnum and Mason.

But having been freed from prison after serving 14 years for the murder of her millionaire boyfriend the 48-year-old's new life is a far cry from those days. 

The 'Fatal Attraction’ killer – who stabbed and beat to death businessman Tom Cressman with a cricket bat after he refused to marry her – was pictured at the weekend buying a microwave from Asda and hunting for bargains at her local charity shop.

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Out and about: Jane Andrews, a former aide for the Duchess of York, has been pictured hunting for bargains since being released from prison after serving 14 years for the murder of her millionaire boyfriend

Out and about: Jane Andrews, a former aide for the Duchess of York, has been pictured hunting for bargains since being released from prison after serving 14 years for the murder of her millionaire boyfriend

Andrews, who was an aide to Sarah Ferguson during the 1990s, now lives a quiet life in a seaside cottage having been released on licence in the summer, according to The Sun.

A neighbour told the newspaper: 'She is very quiet and you see her driving around in a VW hatchback.

'But it is quite a comedown from the life she led in London. She was once Fergie’s dresser and personal shopper and now hunts for second-hand furniture bargains to kit out her house.' 

Among the shops Andrews visited were the British Heart Foundation and B&Q, where she bought chandeliers, wall lights and a tool box. She also purchased a microwave from Asda.

In the run-up to her release from New Hall jail in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, the murderess bought a four-bedroom character cottage in the North for more than £200,000.

The cash purchase was made possible by the substantial profit she made while in prison on the sale of her old flat in an exclusive block overlooking Battersea Park, South London. She bought it for £100,000 in 1996 and sold it for £450,000 in 2011.

In May, when the Parole Board’s decision to release her was announced, former Detective Superintendent Jim Dickie said: ‘I think Andrews is going to be a threat to any man she befriends and who rejects the idea of having a relationship with her. 

Among the shops Andrews visited were the British Heart Foundation and B&Q, where she bought chandeliers, wall lights and a tool box. She also purchased a microwave from Asda

Among the shops Andrews visited were the British Heart Foundation and B&Q, where she bought chandeliers, wall lights and a tool box. She also purchased a microwave from Asda

Close: Andrews is seen with the Duchess of York in 1995. The murderess' main role was to shop for the royal

Close: Andrews is seen with the Duchess of York in 1995. The murderess' main role was to shop for the royal

Victim: Andrews stabbed and beat to death businessman Tom Cressman (pictured together) with a cricket bat

Victim: Andrews stabbed and beat to death businessman Tom Cressman (pictured together) with a cricket bat

‘Any male she befriends must tread very carefully.’

Andrews was ordered to serve a minimum of 12 years after an Old Bailey jury accepted that she killed Mr Cressman, 39, at the home they shared in Fulham, South West London, in September 2000. 

Jurors rejected her claims that she awoke to find Mr Cressman hitting her and that in self-defence she hit him with a cricket bat and ‘he must have come forward on to the knife in the dark’. In reality she had, as a spurned lover, embarked on revenge to rival that of Glenn Close’s obsessed character in Fatal Attraction.

After attacking Mr Cressman, she left her lover dying in his bed as she went on the run, contacting friends on her mobile to pretend she knew nothing of his fate.

Following her jailing in May 2001, details emerged of a woman who desperately needed the attention of men – but could not handle rejection.

It was also revealed that royal aides believed Andrews ‘fleeced’ the Duchess of £10,000 in the nine years she spent travelling with her.

The discovery that she had helped herself to significant amounts from Sarah’s private accounts only came to light after she left royal service in the late Nineties. The pair had enjoyed an extremely close bond. Although technically Sarah’s dresser, Andrews’ main task was to shop for the Duchess.

Andrews was ordered to serve a minimum of 12 years after an Old Bailey jury accepted that she killed Mr Cressman, 39, in September 2000. The Duchess of York is pictured with Andrews in Washington DC in 1994

Andrews was ordered to serve a minimum of 12 years after an Old Bailey jury accepted that she killed Mr Cressman, 39, in September 2000. The Duchess of York is pictured with Andrews in Washington DC in 1994

Released: Andrews was first seen out in public following her release from prison when she went out shopping near her probation hostel in June
Andrews

Released: Andrews was first seen out in public following her release from prison when she went out shopping near her probation hostel in June

Two years into her royal job, Andrews was introduced through friends to Christopher Dunn-Butler, an IBM computer manager who was divorced and 20 years her senior. They married in 1990 in her native Grimsby.

But the union only lasted six years, as Andrews’ love life proved to be as colourful as her career. She is said to have conducted a number of affairs, one of them with a bodyguard attached to the Royal Family.

The manner of Andrews’ defence at her trial, in which she accused Mr Cressman of raping her hours before she killed him, dismayed his family and the detectives who investigated his death. 

Mr Dickie, who led the murder inquiry, said: ‘She murdered him in life and murdered him again in death by trying to ruin his reputation.’

She was later diagnosed as having a personality disorder.

In November 2009, eight years into her jail term, Andrews absconded from open jail after another man she had become obsessed with failed to visit her. She was caught three days later.

She had struck up a relationship with him while he was serving time for fraud in another jail. Two years later, the fraudster, whom she called ‘husband’ and showered with gifts and love letters, revealed how his home was fitted with panic alarms after she went on the run.

Speaking in June 2011, he told the Mail that after he broke off contact, concerned about her fixation, she bombarded him with a series of bizarre phone messages from jail.

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