Defendant admitted stabbing Colchester teenager, court is told

Jay Whiston, who was killed at a house party in Essex. Photo: ITV News Anglia.

A teenager has told a jury how a man confessed to stabbing a teenager at a house party in Colchester using a cracked beer bottle - and then burned his clothes to hide them from police.

Jay Whiston, 17, was killed at a property at Marlowe Way in September 2012.

Edward Redman, who is on trial at Chelmsford Crown Court, denies murdering him.

Today, a 17-year-old witness, who cannot be named for legal reasons, told the jury she had spoken to the defendant outside McDonald's two weeks after the stabbing.

The witness said Redman had told her there had been "a massive fight".

She asked him what he had done and whether he had stabbed Jay. He replied "yeah, I did", she told the court.

"I said, ‘You’re a coward. How could you even do that?’," she said. "And he was like ‘I didn’t mean to. I was drunk, I was angry.’”

The witness said Redman had told her he used a cracked beer bottle to stab Jay and that he burned the clothes he was wearing the night of the stabbing so that the police would not find them.

The trial continues.