Slovenia woman jailed for cutting off hand for insurance payout

Clay Curtis
September 14, 2020

Julija Adlesic stood to be awarded €1 million ($1,184,750 USD/£925,000) in insurance after claiming to have severely injured herself while cutting branches with a circular saw at the home she shares with her boyfriend in the Slovenian capital of Ljubljana early a year ago.

Slovenia's news agency STA reported this week that her partner, a 30-year-old male was sentenced to three years in prison in Ljubljana District Court for putting her up to it.

Sky News and the BBC report that 22-year-old Julija Adlesic was sentenced to two years behind bars after being found guilty by a Ljubljana court of insurance fraud. However, her boyfriend's internet history shows he searched for prosthetic hands the day before the incident.

The pair claimed throughout the trial they were innocent, and that Adlešič cut off her hand by accident while sawing off tree branches.

Authorities said they left the severed hand behind rather than bringing it to the hospital to ensure the disability was permanent.

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"No one wants to be crippled", she told the court. They left the hand at the location of the incident when they went to the hospital. My youth has been destroyed. This was used as evidence that the amputation was part of an insurance scam plot. I lost my hand at the age of 20.

Boyfriend Abramov was sentenced to three years in prison while his dad received a one-year suspended sentence. "I only know what happened".

"We believe the sentences are fair and appropriate, and will serve their objective", judge Marjeta Dvornik said.

In 2012 in South Carolina, USA, a man named David Player was jailed for 14 years after persuading another man, Gerald Hardin, to cut off a disabled man's hand with a pole saw, in order for a share of the insurance money.

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