Ossie Clark's ex-lover is jailed for his killing

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The former boyfriend of the Sixties fashion guru Ossie Clark, 54, was yesterday jailed for his killing. An Old Bailey jury was told that Italian-born Diego Cogolato, 29, repeatedly stabbed him to death in a frenzied knife attack because he believed the designer was the devil. The eccentric designer was found dead in his council flat in London on 7 August last year.

Cogolato admitted manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility and was jailed for six years. The court heard that Cogolato suffered a "transient psychotic episode" while stabbing Mr Clark. Passing sentence, the judge, Mr Justice Douglas Brown, said: "You killed your friend in a frenzied attack, while you were in a psychotic state which may have been brought on by a combination of drugs, both prescribed and illicit." Nicole Veash