A district court in Ljubljana, the Slovenian capital, sentenced a woman to two years in prison for deliberately cutting her hand with a circular saw to fraudulently collect insurance, the Slovenian news agency reported. STA.
The court said Friday that Julija Adlesic, The 22-year-old agreed with her boyfriend to amputate his left hand above the wrist in early 2019. She was found guilty of attempted insurance fraud.
According to the official documentation, the dates of conclusion of the contracts with the insurance agencies, the testimonies and the report of the forensic expert, it could not be an accident but from a prepared self-injury, the court concluded.
About a year earlier, he had signed contracts with five different insurance companies, the court said. The woman collected more than 1 million euros, almost half paid immediately and the rest in regular monthly installments.
Her boyfriend was sentenced to three years in prison, while his father received a one-year suspended sentence. In the court’s opinion, the 30-year-old’s partner convinced her to injure herself after taking out accident insurance, with high-compensation contracts.
According to the Slovenian press, which has reported in great detail about this macabre case, the father called the ambulance when the alleged accident occurred, although he did not hand over the amputated hand.
The two of them took the woman to the hospital saying that had been injured while cutting branches. Authorities said they left the severed hand instead of taking it to hospital to make sure the disability was permanent. But the police recovered it and put it back on.
Prosecutors said days before the incident, the couple Adlesic he searched the internet for information on how artificial hands work. A later examination determined that the young woman purposely injured her reimplanted hand to avoid a full recovery and to receive more insurance compensation.
« We believe that the sentences are fair and appropriate and will serve their purpose, » said Judge Marjeta Dvornik.
During the trial, the woman pleaded not guilty and said she never purposely cut her hand. The trial has attracted much public and media attention in the small Alpine state.
The young woman’s lawyers have announced that they will appeal the sentence, while the boyfriend is tried in another process for the alleged femicide of his previous girlfriend in 2015.
« Nobody wants to be crippled, » he told the court. “My youth has been destroyed. I lost my hand at the age of 20. Only I know how it happened ”.