A WOMAN who was driven mad with unfounded jealously plunged a knife into the neck of her husband then tried to commit suicide by throwing herself from a balcony.
Despite bleeding profusely from his wounds, the husband managed to grab one of her hands as she dangled above a three-floor drop.
But he couldn’t hold on and Maria del Carmen CC plunged to the ground, being left paraplegic by the injuries she suffered.
Appearing before a Cáceres court in a wheelchair, Maria heard the prosecutor outline the facts. The 48-year-old woman had a history of mental illness and suicide attempts. She had become obsessed with the thought her husband was being unfaithful.
She installed video cameras throughout the flat and then hatched a plan to get her ‘revenge’. She hid a double-edged cutter in the sofa, then on October 18 2017, she instigated sex. Without any warning she stabbed the victim four times in the neck. He staggered to an emergency button installed in the hall to summon help, only to find she had ripped the wires out and it didn’t work.
He managed to call 112 then realised his wife had disappeared. He then saw her clambering over their balcony wall and rushed to try and save her.
The man’s wounds were so severe they took 191 days to heal, the court heard.
At the trial an agreement was reached between the prosecution, the private prosecution and the defence: Maria will be held in a clinic where she will be treated for a maximum of eight years. When she is released, she will have a five-year order banning her from approaching or communicating with her husband. She will also have to compensate him with €34,000.