Woman who said she was Princess Diana breaks into stranger’s home and stabs her

A woman who believed she was Princess Diana during a psychotic episode stabbed a stranger after breaking into her home.

Jasmine Duffy drove 50 miles from Somerset to Newport, South Wales, while suffering from a psychotic episode that led her to believe she was Princess Diana reborn.

She also claimed she was responsible for the coronavirus outbreak and was concerned she was going to be harmed by others.

On the morning of May 18 she left her home and drove to Newport, stopping because a bridge in the Welsh city reminded her of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, WalesOnline reports.

Princess Diana visited Australia in 1983 along with her husband Prince Charles and was even snapped outside the Sydney Opera House, which is across from the bridge.

Duffy then broke into a random woman's home and stabbed her in the shoulder with a large piece of broken glass.

Prosecuting, Martin Lewis, said the pair "grappled" on the floor before Duffy managed to overpower the woman and throttle her, and then repeatedly slam her head into the floor.

The victim managed to free herself after a "desperate struggle" and make a dash for the door but Duffy followed and grabbed the woman once more.

She smashed the woman's head against the ground and hearing the commotion, neighbours ran out to help the injured victim.

Police described the victim as being in a distressed state, covered in blood, and with a significant wound to her shoulder.

Duffy told the officers it was her house and claimed she had been the victim of a burglary and assault at the hands of another woman.

She was arrested and taken into custody while the real victim was taken to the Royal Gwent Hospital where she was treated for a deep laceration to her shoulder.

In an impact statement read to the court by the prosecutor the victim said the incident had "ruined" her life, leaving her with flashbacks, anxiety, and a constant feeling of "why me?"

Since the attack, she said she has spent "so many sleepless nights paralysed by fear" if she hears a noise outside.

The victim also has visible scars on her shoulder and patches of thin hair where Duffy pulled her hair out as permanent reminders of what happened.

In the statement, she concluded: "I'm certain that if I had not fought that day, I would not be here."

Duffy had previously pleaded guilty to unlawful wounding when she appeared in the dock for sentencing.

Julia Cox, for Duffy, said the defendant wished, through her, to apologise to her victim.

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The barrister said on the day in question the mother-of-two had got into her car and drove away from home after saying goodbye to her children but "how it came to be that she stopped in Newport she cannot explain".

Ms Cox said when the defendant saw a bridge that reminded her of the Sydney Harbour Bridge she took it as a signal that she was almost home because one of her children was called Sydney.

After trying to enter a nearby house with her keys, genuinely believing it was her own home, she smashed a window to get in and what subsequently happened next was "dream-like" to the defendant.

Judge Michael Filton QC said it was clear from the detailed reports he had read on the defendant that she had been suffering from a psychotic illness in May this year and that illness had caused the offending.

He said it would be a fundamentally important question for those treating Duffy in the future whether it was an "episode" or a "relapsing condition."

The judge made an order under section-37 of the Mental Health Act that Duffy be detained in hospital for treatment.

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