MP's niece jailed for murder

The niece of Quentin Davies, a junior Defence minister, has been jailed for 15 years for stabbing a man to death at her flat in Paris.

Jessica Davies, 30, admitted murdering Olivier Mugnier after a heavy drinking session but said she did not remember the incident. The 24-year-old graduate, whom Davies had brought home for sex, died after being stabbed twice in the chest. The court heard that the knife used was the same one Davies had slashed her wrists and legs with a few months earlier after breaking up with her boyfriend. Davies, who has French and British nationality, was four times over the drink-drive limit and could barely stand or speak when she was arrested at her home in Saint-Germain-en-Laye. She said she recalled regaining consciousness to find Mr Mugnier bleeding to death on her bed.

The Versailles court heard that she had suffered from psychological problems and drifted into drug-taking since her English banker father and French mother had divorced when she was 14. Along with her prison sentence, Davies will also have to undergo a programme of psychological monitoring.

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