LJUBLJANA, Slovenia – A Slovenia court on Friday sentenced a 22-year-old woman to two years in prison for intentionally cutting her hand with a circular saw to make a fake insurance claim.
The district court in Ljubljana stated that Julija Adlesik agreed to separate the left hand from the top of the wrist with her boyfriend in early 2019 in her home capital. He was convicted of attempted insurance fraud.
The court said that about a year ago, it entered into contracts with five different insurance companies. The woman stood to collect over 1 million euros, almost half paying immediately and the rest in regular monthly installments.
Her boyfriend was sentenced to three years in prison, while her father received a suspended sentence of one year.
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The pair took her to the hospital, saying that she had injured herself while looking at the branches. Officials said that instead of being brought to the hospital to make the disability permanent, he left the arm behind. But the police recovered and was rescued.
Prosecutors said that a few days before the incident, Adlesik’s partner searched the Internet for information about how prosthetic hands work. He claimed that this was another evidence that this was done intentionally.
During the trial, the woman claimed innocence, stating that she would not have intentionally cut off her hand.
“Nobody wants to be crippled,” he told the court. “My youth is destroyed. I lost my hand at the age of 20. Only I know how it happened. ”
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The trial has attracted a lot of public and media attention in the Alpine state.
“We believe the sentences are fair and reasonable, and will serve their purpose,” Judge Marjeta Dvornik said.