Former royal aide Jane Andrews, who was jailed for stabbing her boyfriend to death in 2001, is to be released from prison, the Parole Board has said.
She flew into a rage when he told her he had no intention of marrying her and, while he was asleep, battered him with a cricket bat and then stabbed him to death.
The Secretary of State will now rule on her release date.
A spokesman for the Parole Board said two men and one woman made the decision and added: “We can confirm that a three member panel of the Parole Board has directed the release of Jane Andrews.
“The decision to release is a matter for the Board, which is independent – arrangements and the date of the release are a matter for the Secretary of State for Justice.
“We are unable to comment further on the details of this case.”
The killer will be bankrolled into new found freedom – with a nest-egg from property sales she made in jail.
She is now set to use the cash windfall to fund her eventual release.
Last night a shocked relative of her victim warned that the former flunkey was still volatile, and posed a serious threat to men if her future relationships imploded.
Tom’s older brother Rick Cressman, aged 64 years, insisted that Andrews had never shown remorse.
And he recently warned the Parole Board examining her freedom bid not to be swayed by any belated apology she might make to achieve it.
Rick had previously said Andrews should be accompanied by a public health warning, like those on cigarette packets.
Friends are understood to have alerted his family, who wanted Andrews to stay in jail, to prepare themselves for her release which the three man Parole Board yesterday approved.
Rick insisted yesterday: “Her getting parole is against our wishes and is a devastating blow to all of us.”
Andrews has already served an extra two-years on top of the 11 year life sentence tariff imposed at the Old Bailey in 2001.
She subsequently lost a previous freedom bid on the grounds that she remained a danger to the opposite sex.
Now aged 46 years, Andrews stabbed her ex stock broker partner with a kitchen knife and battered him with a cricket bat before fleeing – leading to her former boss, Sarah Ferguson, appealing for her to surrender.
While serving life at HMP Send, near Guildford, Surrey, she sold her flat overlooking Battersea Park, London, two-years-ago, making a reported £300,000 profit.
This enabled her to buy another dwelling, a terraced house in Angmering, near Worthing, West Sussex, costing around £300k – which again she sold recently.
It means that the working class girl from Grimsby, the ambitious daughter of a joiner and a social worker mother, is likely to be switched to an open prison in preparation for her release.
She now has a healthy bank balance, either to invest, or help her get back on to the property ladder, when she is finally released.
Rick claimed Tom would have helped her to buy the London property, or at least made contributions to her mortgage payments, before she murdered him.
“Andrews is still devious and her personality hasn’t changed,” he insisted last night.
The volatile ex-royal aide has made three suicide attempts. Her first was when she was 15, after her mother discovered her truancy. She made a second bid after trashing the home of the son of a Greek shipping millionaire who had dumped her.
Her final bid to end her life came after she fled Tom’s murder and went on the run, hiding in her getaway car in a roadside lay by in Cornwall.
Andrews married aged 17 but divorced five years later claiming she had been abused.
Strangely, she was never punished for escaping from a previous open prison, East Sutton Park, Kent.
The £19,000 a year Royal servant, who saw Fergie’s job advertised in The Lady magazine, was jailed following a sensational trial at the Old Bailey, in which she dressed every day, head to toe, in black as if to show the jury she was in mourning.
Following his wedding snub, she murdered her partner at his home in Fulham, West London, following a holiday in Italy.