Russia: Man marries his axe attacker so she can avoid prison sentence

A pensioner in Russia who attacked a man with an axe was given a suspended sentence after the victim married her so he could plead with the court that she should not go to prison.

In a statement released on Thursday, the Tomsk regional prosecutor’s office in Siberia said that the woman, who is now aged 67, had constantly quarreled with the victim aged 38, who is described as a “roommate.”

The arguments stemmed from his “unwillingness to keep their apartment clean and orderly.”

But things took a violent turn in September 2019 “during the consumption of alcohol with friends,” the prosecutor’s office press release said.

After coming home, the woman approached the victim from behind as he was watching television.

She then “struck him with an axe multiple times in the head, ribs and neck,” according to the statement.

However, when responders arrived at the property, it seemed that he did not want his attacker to take the blame. The victim then tried “to convince the medics and police who answered the call that he had injured himself from an accidental fall.”

“Later, the motives for this behavior became clear. During the trial, the man proposed to the defendant and they got married,” the statement said, adding that “as a spouse, he asked the court not to imprison” the defendant.

The woman was found guilty under Article 111 of Russia’s criminal code of deliberate infliction of grievous bodily harm with the use of a weapon, a crime which carries a maximum prison sentence of 10 years.

However, she was given a three-year suspended sentence with a probationary period of three years.

The prosecutor’s office said that the sentence had not yet entered into force, opening up the possibility of an appeal, The Moscow Times reported.