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Slovenia woman jailed for cutting off hand for insurance payout

Slovenia woman jailed for cutting off hand for insurance payout

File photo of a person's hand resting on the bars of a jail cell. (Photo: Unsplash/Weston MacKinnon)

LJUBLJANA: A Slovenian court has sentenced a 22-year-old woman to two years in prison after finding her guilty of cutting off her hand to claim insurance.

The woman's 30-year-old partner, accused of putting her up to it, was given three years in prison by the Ljubljana District Court on Friday (Sep 11), the country's news agency STA reported.

It was not clear Saturday if the pair, who had pleaded not guilty, would appeal the verdict.

The woman, Julija Adlesic, was detained early last year for allegedly cutting off her hand at the wrist with a circular saw to get nearly €400,000 (US$470,000) in insurance compensation.

The woman is thought to have staged the incident, together with three others, earlier this year shortly after the group signed life and injury insurance contracts with five different insurance companies.

The woman was hoping to get about €380,000 of compensation and a life-long monthly payout of about €3,000, according to police.

The group intentionally left the hand behind rather than bringing it with them to the hospital, hoping to receive three times higher compensation for permanent disability after what she claimed was an accident, police had said.

But authorities managed to pick up the hand in time, and doctors in a hospital in the capital Ljubljana were able to reattach it.

The average monthly net income is about €1,000 in Slovenia.

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