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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

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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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