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College sex attack drug addict knifed girl 66 times

THE father of a young fashion designer killed by a former pupil of Harrow who went on to Oxford University has criticised both institutions over the "despicable" drug culture that drove the student to murder.

William Jaggs stabbed Lucy Braham 66 times in a "ferocious and unrelenting" sexually motivated attack at her home in north London.

The Old Bailey heard that Jaggs (23) became a drug user at Harrow, where his father was a teacher, and admitted developing an LSD and crack cocaine habit at Oxford that gave him violent sexual hallucinations.

Miss Braham's father Jason, himself a senior master at Harrow - where he taught Jaggs as director of art - blamed both institutions for turning a blind eye to the boy's descent from the "gutter to the sewer".

As Jaggs was sentenced yesterday, Mr Braham made a moving statement in court. "It is worrying that he developed his drug habit at his boarding school," he said. "Even if the habit only became apparent when he was no longer a pupil, the school is to be challenged for its failure to act. . . . Despite visible, spoken and written warnings about Jaggs's behaviour and that of his closest friends, no action was ever taken to call a halt to it. Lucy was badly let down."

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Mr Braham also criticised Oxford, from which Jaggs was serving a year's suspension when he carried out the attack last September.

He said: "He fitted readily into the despicable drugs fraternity at Oxford University. He was sent down for a year 'to sort himself out'. The extent to which he failed to do so is obvious. That year saw the completion of his degeneration. "This disgrace of a human being reached the lowest depths on 14th September last year."

Jaggs, who was judged by psychiatrists to be suffering from schizophrenia, was sent to Broadmoor secure hospital indefinitely.

A disturbing history of abuse being ignored by the authorities had emerged.

The court heard that Jaggs started drinking heavily at Harrow when he was 14. He moved on to cannabis, then cocaine.

Jaggs indecently assaulted a boy at Harrow and was thrown out of his boarding house. But he stayed at the school as a day pupil. He had been using his parents' bank cards to buy drugs and was also stealing items to sell from Harrow, the court was told. At Oxford he became a hardened drug user, taking LSD and crack cocaine.

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He had violent sex with one girl, brandishing a knife at one point, but it went unreported to police.

He sent a text to another girl that said: "I'm seeing a shrink today. As you correctly noted, I'm a total psychopath. Have a nice day." One psychiatrist said that tests carried out after the killing showed he was showing early signs of mental disorder and "severe emotional disturbance" from the age of 14. The court heard that Jaggs had visited a GP in Oxford, who gave him prescription drugs after he complained of being depressed.

But the doctor failed to diagnose the signs of schizophrenia.

On September 13 last year, a day before Miss Braham's death, he sent a long, deranged email to his tutor at Oxford saying that he had been taking crack cocaine and LSD, and that in his drug-induced blackouts he dreamed of having sex with Miss Braham. It is not known when the tutor read the email. Justice Bean told Jaggs that he might never be released and said doctors had described him as "grave, immediate" risk to others. (©Daily Telegraph, London)


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