Mum and sister make emotional appeals to find Jay's killer
The mum and sister of a teenage boy murdered at a house party in
Colchester have made emotional pleas for help to catch his
killer a day after what would have been his 18th
At the same time detectives have appealed for information on the
whereabouts of the potential murderer's polo
Jay Whiston was stabbed at a house party on Marlowe Way just after
10pm on Saturday, September 8, 2012. The then 17-year-old
from Aster Close died a short time later in hospital and a
provisional post-mortem examination result showed that he died from
a stab wound to the heart.
Jay had also been stabbed in the abdomen and again on the
waistband of his trousers but the latter attempt failed to touch
At a news conference held in Clacton on Monday, January 7, 2012,
Senior Investigating Officer, DCI Simon Parkes, called on those
protecting the student’s killer to contact them in confidence.
“We don’t know what was in the mind of those who attacked Jay at
the house party, but I don’t believe this was about Jay being
targeted,” said DCI Parkes.
“When a fight broke out Jay stood his ground and tragically became
the victim of mindless violence.
"We have had a tremendous response from our initial requests for
information. I would like to thank those who have been interviewed
by my team and given statements. Their help has been invaluable.
However, we do know there are those who have yet to come forward.
It is essential that we are able to reconstruct what happened that
night; to recreate the movements frame by frame of Jay and his
attacker or attackers.
Photo: Jay Whiston with his mum Caroline
"Secondly, there are two items we need to trace. The murder weapon
is outstanding. We know from the scientists that we are looking for
a knife as opposed to any other item or implement. It is still out
there. Is it being held by the killer or has it been discarded by a
friend? If you know where it is, then please contact us.
"Additionally, we have accounted for the clothing of all those
arrested apart from a distinctive red-and-white polo T-shirt made
by River Island. Again, if you know where this top please get in
Above: Polo T-shirt
"Thirdly and of equal importance, I would like to appeal to
those who know who is responsible, to their friends and even family
members. We have no doubt there are those who are aware of events
which took place that September night but through some sense of
misplaced loyalty are protecting Jay’s killer.”
Jay’s mum, 47-year-old Caroline Shearer, said: “January
6 would have been Jay’s 18th birthday. If we could catch the
person or people responsible, then at least justice would be done.
It won’t bring back my son, but we could all rest knowing that
these people can’t hurt anyone else. Please come forward and
contact the police. Please make this the last appeal I have to
Jay’s sister, Holly Fairburn, 25, added: “Please help the
police to find Jay’s killer. Please don’t shield people that could
devastate another family’s lives as they have ours.”
Photo: Jay Whiston with sister Holly
Five people from Colchester were arrested during the hours and days
following the stabbing. The two 19-year-old men, one 18-year-old
man and two 17-year-old boys were arrested on suspicion of murder
and later released on police bail pending further enquiries. One of
the 17-year-old boys has been released from his bail with no
further action to be taken against him.
In mid-November, four people were arrested on suspicion of
assisting an offender. Like the five original arrested people, they
are currently on police bail until Friday, March 22, 2013 pending
- Anyone with information is urged to contact detectives
at Colchester’s Major Investigation Team by telephone on 01206
576845, text on 07841 112146, Blackberry Message (BBM)
on 264CC35E or email on firstname.lastname@example.org
Information can also be passed to Crimestoppers anonymously
on 0800 555 111.