In another example of how the Criminal Justice System of prisons and sentencing are failing to deliver, news broke today that Jane Andrews, the former aide to the Duchess of York who savagely murdered her boyfriend, has absconded from open prison four days after arriving to prepare for her eventual release. Andrews failed to return to HMP East Sutton Park in Kent yesterday evening.
Andrews became known as “The Fatal Attraction Murderess”, and was jailed for life in 2001 for murdering millionaire businessman Tommy Cressman, 39 who had refused to marry her. She bludgeoned him with a cricket bat and stabbed him through the heart with a kitchen knife at his home in Fulham, West London.
Following an appeal in 2006 her sentence was reduced to 12 years, making her eligible for parole in 2012.
The London Standard reported in 2008 that Andrews had amassed more than £500,000 from property while in jail.. Whilst in custody, she has been earning £30,000 a year renting out her two-bedroom flat overlooking Battersea Park, which has nearly trebled in value to an estimated £600,000 over the past seven years.
The Parole Board approved Andrew’s move to open conditions in the the summer — despite objections from Mr Cressman’s family — after she convinced the panel of her remorse and that she was no longer danger to the public.
The prison population as of 20th November 2009 was 84,681, with a Useable Operational Capacity of 85,663, close to tipping point it seems.
In the last ten years the number of foreign nationals in prison has doubled and now represents over 14%(11,855) of the total prison population in England and Wales. (http://www.hmprisonservice.gov.uk/)
Isn't it time consideration was given to repatriating convicted foreign nationals to their country of origin? This is no longer a race or culture issue. The average cost per prisoner place in 2008-2009 was £31,106 x by 11,855 = taxpayer burden of £368,761,630!
If the 11,855 places were available for UK convicted prisoners, is it too much of a stretch of the imagination that we might actually see an improvement in sentencing and tighter controls over convicted murderers movements?
Crime Analysis Team
Nice 1 Limited