MURDERER Edward Redman is due to be sentenced tomorrow after stabbing teenager Jay Whiston to death.

Redman, 18, of Weyland Drive, Stanway, will receive a mandatory life sentence.

The starting point for the minimum number of years he will serve, before being able to apply for parole, is 12 because he was just 17-years-old at the time of the murder.

Judge Charles Gratwicke can move this up or down but must explain why.

Had Redman been 18-years-old when he killed Jay Whiston, in September 2012, the starting point would have been 25 years.

Redman was found guilty of murder on Monday, April 7, after a three month trial.

His father Gary Redman, 51, of Halstead Road, Eight Ash Green, brother John Redman, 19, of High Street, Halstead and former girlfriend Shannon Fenlon, 19, of Jameson Road, Clacton were found guilty of conspiring to pervert the course of justice.

Redman has spent almost a year in custody already with the others remanded following the guilty verdicts.

Jay Whiston, of Aster Close, Clacton, was repeatedly stabbed at a house party in Marlowe Way, Lexden, Colchester.

He died soon after at Colchester General Hospital.

A packed courtroom is expected for the sentencing with family and friends of Jay keen to attend.

Additional security is also expected.