A young woman who deliberately sliced her hand off with a circular saw so she could claim a £925,000 insurance payout has been jailed.
Julija Adlesic, 22, from Ljubljana, Slovenia, agreed with her boyfriend to chop off her left hand above the wrist — and then leave it at home when they went to the hospital so it could not be reattached.
Adlesic was found guilty of attempted insurance fraud by a court in the city and sentenced to three years.
Prosecutors said how about a year before she sawed her hand off she signed contracts with five different insurance companies.
Adlesic stood to collect more than £925,000, about half paid immediately and the rest in regular monthly installments.
Just days before the incident in early 2019, Adlesic’s partner searched for information on the internet about how artificial hands work.
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They claimed that this was another proof that it was done deliberately.
After sawing off her hand she was taken by her boyfriend and his dad to hospital, saying she had injured herself while sawing branches.
Authorities said they left the severed hand behind rather than bringing it to the hospital to ensure the disability was permanent.
But police recovered and it was reattached.
‘MY YOUTH HAS BEEN DESTROYED’
During the trial, the woman claimed innocence, saying she would never have cut off her hand deliberately.
She said: “No one wants to be crippled.
“My youth has been destroyed. I lost my hand at the age of 20.
“Only I know how it happened.”
The trial has attracted lots of public and media attention in the small Alpine state.
Judge Marjeta Dvornik said: “We believe the sentences are fair and appropriate, and will serve their purpose.”
Her boyfriend was sentenced to three years in prison while his father received a one-year suspended sentence.