Edward Redman guilty of murdering Jay Whiston

17 year old Jay Whiston was stabbed in a row over a drink at Marlowe Way in Colchester in September 2012.

Edward Redman, 18, of Wayland Drive, Colchester had denied murder but has been found guilty at Chelmsford Crown Court.

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Jay's mother campaigning against knives

Just six days after the teenager who stabbed her son Jay Whiston to death was found guilty of murder, Caroline Shearer is back campaigning for knives to be taken off our streets.

Hundreds of people turned up to show their support for the Only Cowards Carry charity in Clacton, which aims to get weapons awareness education on the curriculum. Serena Sandhu reports.

Jay's mum working to prevent further tragedies

After a teenager was convicted of murdering her 17 year old son Jay Whiston, Caroline Shearer says she'll continue working to stop other families from experiencing the same heartache.

Caroline set up the charity 'Only Cowards Carry' six weeks after Jay was stabbed in the heart.

She's now back in the office arranging training visits to educate others about the dangers of carrying weapons.

Click below to see Victoria Lampard's report


Youth who stabbed Jay Whiston will be sentenced next month

18 year old Edward Redman will be sentenced for the murder of 17 year old Jay Whiston on Thursday 1st May.

Jay was stabbed to death at a party on Colchester in 2012.

Jay Whiston Credit: Jay's family

Edward Redman was found guilty of murder after a three month trial at Chelmsford Crown Court.

Edward Redman Credit: Essex Police

His 51-year-old father, Gary Redman; his 20-year-old brother, John Redman; and his former girlfriend, 19-year-old Shannon Fenlon were all found guilty of conspiring to pervert the course of justice.

They were all remanded into court custody prior to their sentencing.

Cheers in court as youth found guilty of murder

Edward Redman, who's 18, has been found guilty of stabbing Jay Whiston in the heart at the party in Colchester after a row over a bottle of drink.

There were cheers in court as the verdict was delivered. The judge described it as a vicious cold blooded attack.The trial at Chelmsford Crown Court has lasted three months.

Click below to hear reaction from Jay's mother outside court

PCC reaction to Jay Whiston verdict

The Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex has condemned the stabbing of 17-year-old Jay Whiston as a senseless and cowardly crime.He said justice had been done but a sense of loss and sadness remained.

By all accounts, Jay was a fine young man. I did not have the privilege of meeting him. I have been fortunate enough to meet Caroline Shearer, Jay’s mother, on many occasions. I have also witnessed the work that she has led through her organisation, Only Cowards Carry, to educate young people about the dangers of knife crime.I sincerely hope the verdict brings some comfort to Caroline, her family and all of Jay’s friends as they seek to rebuild their lives.

– Nick Alston, Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex


Murder victim Jay Whiston's life in pictures

Jay Whiston as a baby Credit: Jay's family

Edward Redman has been found guilty of the murder of Jay Whiston in Colchester. His family have released pictures showing his life which was tragically cut short.

Jay as a youngster Credit: Jay's family
A young Jay with his mum Credit: Jay's family
Jay enjoying fishing Credit: Jay's family
Jay enjoying a trip on the water Credit: Jay's family
Jay with his mum Credit: Jay's family
Murder victim Jay Whiston Credit: Jay's family

Jay Whiston murder trial: Edward Redman found guilty

Jay Whiston, 17, from Clacton, was stabbed at the party in Marlow Way, Colchester, on the night of September 8, 2012, and died in hospital shortly afterwards.

Edward Redman Credit: ITV Anglia

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

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

Victim Jay Whiston Credit: ITV Anglia

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.

Redman did not give evidence during the 13-week trial.

The family of Mr Whiston cheered in court as the verdict was returned.

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

Edward Redman's former girlfriend Shannon Fenlon, 19, from Jameson Road, Clacton, was also found guilty of perverting the course of justice.

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