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Oxford student faces life after neighbour's killing.

Byline: By Shenai Raif and Sam Marsden

A deranged Oxford university student who hacked a beautiful neighbour to death near a top public school was yesterday told he was so dangerous he might never be freed.

William Jaggs, 23, was sent to Broadmoor special hospital indefinitely after admitting Lucy Braham's manslaughter.

His plea of not guilty of murder was accepted on the grounds of diminished responsibility through mental illness.

The court heard Jaggs stabbed 25 year-old Miss Braham, pictured right, 66 times and tried to saw her body in half. He later told doctors he had killed her because he believed it was the same as having sex with her.

When police found the fashion designer's naked body in a pool of blood on her kitchen floor, Jaggs - who was also naked - stabbed himself 24 times to try to kill himself.

The Old Bailey was told Jaggs and Miss Braham were children of masters at Harrow School in north-west London.

They lived a few doors apart near the school but did not know each other well.

The court was told that Jaggs was forced to take a year out from Oriel College, Oxford, to try to sort himself out after taking drugs.

He had gone home to Harrow but was stealing from the school and using his parents' bank cards to raise money for drugs.

On September 14, last year, he had been trying to sell a kitten and called at Miss Braham's home.

She took the kitten but later returned it to him when she changed her mind - triggering the attack on her when he called round again later that night.

Aftab Jafferjee, prosecuting, said: "He tried to kiss her and she broke away. He then claims he heard a voice saying he should be a man."

Jaggs tried to undress Miss Braham, but after she resisted he used a pair of scissors to cut off her clothes. He took a knife from the dishwasher and decided to cut her on the arm for, he claimed, erotic purposes.

Mr Jafferjee said: "He presumed this meant he should get on and stab her.

"He said he believed stabbing or killing her would be the same as having sex with her."

Doctors said Jaggs was suffering from paranoid schizophrenia. He had been showing signs since the age of 14 when he began drinking and then taking cannabis at Harrow.

Mohammed Khamisa QC, defending, said: "One life has been lost and the other is completely ruined."

Jaggs had grown up surrounded by a loving and caring family, but he became isolated and turned to drink then drugs supplied by his friend.

Mr Khamisa added: "Drink and drugs appear to be readily available at Harrow School."

The judge, Mr Justice Bean, told Jaggs: "You should realise that it may never be safe to release you."

He said doctors had described him as dangerous and a grave and immediate risk to others.

"The facts you gave to them show a chilling insight into a sick mind," said the judge.

Jaggs had killed Miss Brahams in a "horrifying" attack.

"You followed this butchery with a serious attempt on your own life," he added.

Miss Brahams had been "entirely innocent and blameless - a young woman who had had done you no harm".

The judge said: "I am satisfied there was no relationship, sexual or even romantic, between you and her.

"Her only crime was that she was in the wrong place at the wrong time."

Her parents had gone out for the evening and returned "to find their daughter hacked to death".

His father Alan was a design teacher at the pounds 24,850-a-year school which boasts Sir Winston Churchill and singer James Blunt as past pupils.

"He said he believed stabbing or killing her would be the same as having sex with her Aftab Jafferjee


Some of the fashion designs drawn by murdered graduate Lucy Braham Picture, METROPOLITAN POLICE/PA
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Date:Jul 13, 2007
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