LJUBLJANA, Slovenia – A court in Slovenia on Friday sentenced a 22-year-old woman to two years in prison for deliberately cutting off her hand with a circular saw to make a fraudulent insurance claim.
Ljubljana District Court said Julija Adlesic agreed with her boyfriend to have her left hand cut off above the wrist at their home in the capital in early 2019. She was convicted of attempted fraud to insurance.
About a year earlier, she had signed contracts with five different insurance companies, the court said. The woman stood up to collect over a 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 had taken her to the hospital, saying she injured herself while sawing branches. Authorities said they left the severed hand behind rather than taking it to hospital to make sure the disability was permanent. But the police recovered and he was reattached.
Prosecutors said that days before the incident, Adlesic’s partner had searched the internet for information on how the artificial hands worked. They claimed that this was further proof that it was done on purpose.
During the trial, the woman asserted her innocence, claiming that she would never cut off his hand on purpose.
“No one wants to be paralyzed,” she told the court. “My youth has been destroyed. I lost my hand at the age of 20. I only know how it happened.
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The lawsuit attracted a lot of public and media attention in the small Alpine state.
“We believe the sentences are fair and appropriate, and will serve their purpose,” said Judge Marjeta Dvornik.