THE public prosecutor has reduced the request for a woman on trial for attempted murder.
The initial demand was for 10 years in prison, although recent developments have led the prosecution to lower the sentence to seven-and-a-half years on a provisional basis. However, the victim is still demanding a 10-year sentence as well as compensation of more than €82,000.
The accused, a 46-year-old woman from Lugo, had been reportedly subjected to ‘neglect and abuse’ by her ex-husband for 10 years. According to the defence, at the time of the attack she was suffering from post-traumatic stress and depression, both of which, added to the possibility of her ex-husband taking custody of her child, may have led to ‘temporary insanity’. In addition, she testified that the intention behind the knife attack, which occurred in Almeria in 2009, was not to kill her ex’s partner, but to “scare them so they would tell the truth and not take my daughter away from me.” However, as the prosecution pointed out, one of the injuries was to the victim’s neck was considered to be life-threatening.
Despite the trial being in its final stage, sentencing had to be postponed due to the defendant fainting and having to be taken to hospital. It is due to resume on July 5.