Monday 11 December 2017

I'm a monster for slitting lover's throat, minister's niece tells court

Henry Samuel in Paris

THE niece of Quentin Davies, the British defence minister, admitted yesterday that she was "a monster" who had plunged a kitchen knife into the throat of a man she met during a drinking session in Paris.

Jessica Davies (30) told a jury in Versailles how she pushed the blade into the neck of Olivier Mugnier (24) hours after they met. She recalled meeting her victim at an Irish pub in St Germain-en-Laye, a Paris suburb, in November 2007 and returning to her nearby first-floor flat. "I opened a bottle of wine. He rolled a joint . . . we started undressing, making love," she told the court.

But when the pair -- high on alcohol and drugs -- failed to have sexual intercourse, the former model went to the kitchen and returned with a knife, sinking it almost 5in into the victim's thorax all the way to his spine.

"It's me who did it," she said. "I cannot say why, but I did it . . . I'm a monster. I just wanted to cut him a little, but [the blade] went in by itself."

She called the emergency services and they arrived to find her kneeling on her bed over Mr Mugnier's naked body trying to stem the flow of blood.

Ms Davies, whose mother is French and whose father is a rich banker, said she could not remember the killing.

"I remember a strange sensation, which must have been the knife going in, but no image at all. It was profoundly shocking and must have been the jolt that snapped me out of the state I was in," she said. Mr Mugnier died an hour after police arrived. Ms Davies said she took full responsibility.

"I don't remember killing Olivier, but yes, I take responsibility for killing Olivier. I'm horrified at what I've done but I can't make sense of what happened, and know I'm not the only one looking for answers."

She is accused of voluntary homicide without premeditation and faces up to 30 years in jail if convicted. The verdict is due today. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent

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