1. ITV Report

Mother's shock as murder case prisoner released

The mother of murdered teenager Jay Whiston says she’s disgusted after discovering that the ex-girlfriend of the man who stabbed him has been released from prison after serving nine weeks of a nine month sentence.

Jay Whiston was 17 when he was stabbed to death at a house party in Colchester in September 2012.

Edward Redman was convicted of his murder and sentenced to 17 years in jail earlier this year. His former girlfriend Shannon Fenlon, who’s 19, was convicted of perverting the course of justice after the three month trial at Chelmsford Crown Court heard how she had helped to hide evidence from the police.

She was sentenced to nine months in jail but she has now been released from prison under a home detention curfew.

We sat through Jay’s murder trial for longer than what Shannon served. We were never told or contacted by probation or the police to let us know, we found out by a friend. She only lives a 4 minute walk from my home. Another nail driven into our hearts. I feel like giving up.

– Caroline Shearer, Jay Whiston's mother

Offenders serving sentences between three months and four years in prison are eligible for early release on a home detention curfew.

Fenlon applied for this after a month in prison and now has an ankle monitor and a 7pm to 7am curfew for the remainder of her sentence.