British minister's niece on trial for murder in France

11th January 2010, Comments 0 comments

The niece of Britain's junior defence minister was drunk when she stabbed a 24-year-old man in her apartment.

Versailles – The niece of Britain's junior defence minister told police she was a "monster" after she confessed to the drunken murder of a young Frenchman in 2007, a French court heard on Monday.

Jessica Davies, the 30-year-old niece of Britain's multi-millionaire junior defence minister Quentin Davies, looked pale and drawn as she turned up in court in Versailles, west of Paris, on the first day of her trial.

Dressed in jeans and a grey cardigan, her hair pulled back in a ponytail, Davies showed no emotion as the charge sheet was read out before the three judges and nine-member jury.

In November 2007, police turned up at Davies' apartment in the chic Paris suburb of Saint-Germain-en-Laye and found the body of Olivier Mugnier who had been stabbed and whose throat had been slit, according to the indictment.

Davies then told police "I did it. I can't tell you why, but I did it. I am a monster", the court heard.

Davies had picked up Mugnier in a bar hours earlier and after taking him to her apartment, contacted police to say she had stabbed the 24-year-old man, justice officials said.

Police said she was four times over the drink-drive alcohol limit and could barely stand or speak when they arrested her.

Davies arrived at the courthouse in a police van and rushed into the courtroom where her parents were present as were the victim's family.

The trial is expected to last two days, with a verdict due on Tuesday.

AFP / Expatica

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