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Murder Accused Woman Has Learning Disabilities

January 25, 2012

A woman from Great Yarmouth who denies murdering a neighbour after she had fought with his girlfriend has an IQ of 66, a court has been told.

Shane Boulton, 21, of Stanley Terrace, died from a stab wound after he was attacked on 19 June 2010.

Norwich Crown Court heard that Katy Bown, 18, who has been charged with murder, has learning disabilities.

A forensic consultant psychiatrist, Dr Daniel Dalton, added that she had problems with her “moral reasoning”.

Not schizophrenic

He told the court he had accessed medical reports and records and said Miss Bown had a long-standing history of self-harm, inducing vomiting, consuming alcohol and “explosive violence” in relation to situations with stress, and that she had a history of short, turbulent relationships.

When the prosecution cross-examined him, Dr Dalton said she was not schizophrenic.

The doctor said Miss Bown “spoke of the joy of holding a knife to the neck of a family member” in the past and how she felt a sense of power and control by holding the knife.

“It is very difficult to know whether she thinks before she acts,” he told the court.

Earlier John Farmer QC, prosecuting, said about an argument in the street between Miss Bown and Mr Boulton’s girlfriend, Claire Matheson, and how Mr Boulton, who had been drinking, went outside to separate them.

The fight ended and Mr Boulton stayed outside talking to a neighbour.

Miss Bown went round the corner, back to her home three doors away.

She returned with a knife and stabbed Mr Boulton, Mr Farmer said.

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