Woman who deliberately cut off own hand in insurance scam jailed for two years
11 September 2020


If successful, she stood to collect £925,000, after saying she had injured herself while sawing branches, the court heard.


A woman who cut off her own hand with a circular saw in the hope of getting a €1m (£925,000) insurance payout has been sentenced to two years in prison.


Julija Adlesic, 22, from Slovenia, plotted with her boyfriend to have her left hand severed above the wrist at their home in the capital Ljubljana early last year.


Adlesic was found guilty of attempted insurance fraud by a court in the city.


She stood to collect more than €1m, about half to be paid immediately, after signing insurance deals with five different providers about a year earlier, the court heard.


Her boyfriend was sentenced to three years in prison while his father received a one-year suspended sentence.


The pair had taken her to hospital, saying she had injured herself while sawing branches, but left the severed hand behind, rather than bringing it with them.