Former Aide to Fergie Held in Murder Case

Police today arrested the Duchess of York’s former personal assistant on suspicion of murder after the ex-aide’s millionaire boyfriend was found stabbed to death at their London home.

After a two-day search, police found 33-year-old Jane Andrews sitting in her car which was parked, at dawn, by a motorway in Cornwall, southwest England. Officers said she was in a distressed state.

The body of her boyfriend, Tom Cressman, was found by a work associate. Police said he died from a single stab wound to the chest.

Duchess ‘Shocked’

Cressman, 39, ran a business supplying covers for classic cars and was a business partner of former racing driver Sir Stirling Moss. Andrews and Cressman had been together for two years.

Andrews was the duchess’s dresser and accounts manager, and also a close companion who traveled with her on foreign trips. She had since worked in London’s fashion industry and for a leading jewelry store.

Today’s Mirror newspaper quoted the duchess, the former as Sarah Ferguson, as saying she was “overwhelmed and shocked” at Cressman’s slaying and the ensuing police hunt for Andrews, who worked for her from 1988 to 1997.

The duchess, or Fergie as she is popularly known, married the queen’s second son, Andrew, in 1986. The couple divorced in 1992.