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A YOUNG woman who stabbed her fiance through the heart while he was handcuffed to a bed during a sex game is to be assessed by experts at Broadmoor special hospital.

A judge told Justine Cummings, 26, it was clear that she was very sick. "The doctors do not know whether your condition can be treated or not," said Judge William Taylor.

Judge Taylor ordered Cummings to be assessed after she admitted killing Richard Lewis, the son of the Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich. She had denied murder but offered a plea of guilty to manslaughter which was accepted by the prosecution.

Plymouth Crown Court was told yesterday that Mr Lewis, 26, had died last October after suffering the stab wound at a flat he shared with his fiancee in Taunton, Somerset.

The court heard that the couple met while they were staying at a bed and breakfast hostel in Taunton. Mr Lewis had moved there last March after his father, the suffragan Bishop of Taunton, moved to take up his current post. Cummings, from east London, moved to Taunton after splitting up with a boyfriend.

Mr Lewis, a politics graduate from Hull University, had undergone something of a transformation, the court was told, dyeing his hair and piercing his nose. Steadily he began to share Cummings' interest in the occult and new age.

Yesterday Cummings' barrister, Anne Rafferty QC, said her client was "very, very sick" and that she had already been visited in jail by experts from Broadmoor.

Patients can only be detained under the Mental Health Act if they are deemed treatable.

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