Russian, 40, hugs his girlfriend, 67, during his trial for nearly hacking him to death with an ax so he could demand the court not jail his wife
- The woman was accused of hitting her boyfriend multiple times with an ax
- The incident took place during a night of drinking with friends in 2019, officials said
- The woman was found guilty of grievous bodily harm by a court in Tomsk, Siberia.
- Russian law says the crime carries a maximum sentence of 10 years, but the woman was given a three-year suspended sentence and three years probation
- It is believed his surprise wedding could have led to a lighter sentence
An assault trial in Russia has been turned upside down after the victim proposed to his girlfriend who was accused of attacking him with an axe.
The unnamed man, 40, married the defendant, 67, in an apparent bid to secure a more lenient sentence for his beloved.
“During the trial, the man proposed to the defendant and they got married,” said the prosecutor general’s office in Tomsk, Siberia. said Thursday.
“As husband, he asked the court not to imprison” the woman, the statement added.
The Tomsk Regional District Court found the unnamed woman guilty of grievous bodily harm.
Russian law says the crime carries a maximum prison sentence of 10 years, but the woman was given a three-year suspended sentence and three years probation.
Her marriage is thought to have played a role in the relatively light sentence.
Assault trial in Russia turned upside down after victim proposed to girlfriend accused of attacking him with an ax
The prosecutor’s office said the incident between the couple happened in 2019 while drinking with friends.
A statement said the woman was “constantly arguing” with her partner “due to her reluctance to maintain cleanliness and order in the apartment.”
“She came up behind the man who was busy watching TV and struck him with an ax repeatedly in the head, ribs and neck,” the prosecutor’s office said in a statement.
Police and medics were called but the man tried to convince them he had injured himself in an accidental fall.
The woman’s sentence has not yet come into effect and could be appealed, according to the statement.
It is unclear how the couple got married while the woman was on trial, although it appears the charges against her were brought by the authorities rather than her partner.
During his second murder trial in 1980, notorious American serial killer Ted Bundy proposed his girlfriend Carol Ann Boone in court. Pictured: Ted Bundy in court in 1978
Although unusual, getting married during a trial is not entirely unheard of.
During his second murder trial in 1980, notorious American serial killer Ted Bundy proposed his girlfriend Carol Ann Boone in court.
Boone agreed and Bundy declared them married on the spot, using an obscure section of Florida law, which stated that a couple could marry by declaring themselves married in a courtroom in the presence of a judge.
It is unclear whether the move was aimed at securing a lighter sentence for Bundy, who had already been convicted of two murders at his first trial a year earlier.
If so, it failed, as Bundy was found guilty and sentenced to death.