A woman killed her housemate before cutting off his genitals has been found not guilty of murder by reason of insanity.
Grace Miano, 53, believed she was possessed by the spirit of Princess Diana and had to kill her housemate to "protect Prince William".
Central Criminal Court in Dublin, Ireland heard how Miano "was not in her right mind" when she attacked Malawian man Limbani 'Robert' Mzoma, 27, in Foxrock on November 1, 2018.
The jury returned a unanimous verdict on Thursday that the defendant was not guilty of murder after a consultant psychiatrist told them she was "possibly the most floridly schizoaffected person" he had ever met, DublinLive reports.
Her defence counsel, Michael Bowman SC, told the jury on Wednesday that Ms Miano on occasion "believed she was effectively possessed by Princess Diana, who came to tell her what she had done."
He added: "She was not in her right mind, and claims that the day after [the killing], Princess Diana told her she was the one who did it."
Counsel had said that the delusions were "as real as they could be to her" and added that the medical opinions were "all one way."
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The trial has heard from consultant psychiatrists that Ms Miano told gardaí that she killed Mr Mzoma to "protect Prince William" and had cut off his genitals after death "to protect women".
She also told psychiatrists that she had been inhabited by the spirits of Princess Diana and other British royals to stop a plot by Kate Middleton who was trying to put Prince William and Prince Harry in danger.
After the verdict was delivered, Mr James Dwyer SC said that the State's application was for Ms Miano to be examined at a designated centre for 14 days to see if she is in need of inpatient treatment.
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Mr Justice McDermott granted the application and remanded Ms Miano to reappear at the Central Criminal Court on October 11 for the production of a psychiatric report.
The judge extended his condolences to Mr Mzoma's family who "suffered greatly with the loss of a valued member of their family".
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