LUBIANA, Slovenia – A Slovenian court on Friday sentenced a 22-year-old woman to two years in prison for deliberately cutting her hand with a circular saw to file a fraudulent insurance claim.
The Ljubljana District Court said Julija Adlesic agreed with her boyfriend to have her left hand cut above her wrist at their home in the capital in early 2019. She was found guilty of attempted insurance fraud.
About a year earlier, he signed contracts with five different insurance companies, the court said. The woman would have collected more than 1 million euros, about half paid immediately and the rest in regular monthly installments.
Her boyfriend was sentenced to three years in prison while her father received a one-year suspended sentence.
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The couple took her to the hospital, saying she was injured while sawing branches. Authorities said they left the severed hand instead of taking it to the hospital to make sure the disability was permanent. But the police recovered and were hung up.
Prosecutors said that days before the incident, Adlesic̵
During the trial, the woman claimed innocence, saying she would never deliberately cut her hand off.
“Nobody wants to be paralyzed,” he told the court. “My youth was destroyed. I lost my hand at the age of 20. Only I know how it happened. “
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The trial attracted a lot of public and media attention in the small Alpine state.
“We believe that the sentences are fair and appropriate and will serve their purpose,” said Judge Marjeta Dvornik.