A young woman in Slovenia sentenced for deliberately cutting off one hand for insurance

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The Ljubljana District Court in Slovenia on Friday sentenced Julija Adlesic, 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. The prosecutors had demanded more. She was found guilty of attempted insurance fraud. Previously, she signed contracts with five different insurance companies. Her target was to collect more than 1 million euros, about half paid immediately. They did not receive any money, as police already started investigating the case. In the case, her boyfriend was sentenced to three years in prison while his father . who was accused of taking part in the scheme along with his wife, received a one-year suspended sentence. She said she cut off her hand by accident while sawing off tree branches. There were contradictions. A proof that it was done deliberately was the fact her friend searched for information on the internet about how artificial hands work.

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On the court, the woman claimed innocence, saying she would never have cut off her hand deliberately. “No one wants to be crippled,” she told. “My youth has been destroyed. I lost my hand at the age of 20. Only I know how it happened.” The panel of judges agreed that the prosecution’s case was solid and that the evidence against the three prove their guilt beyond reasonable doubt. The defence announced an appeal speaking of “human rights violations”.