Woman on trial for drilling ex-husband in ear
27 September 2007, Hamburg (dpa) - A 42-year-old Chinese woman went on trial in the northern German city of Hamburg Thursday for poking a 35-centimetre drill into the ear of her sleeping ex-husband, causing him serious injury.
27 September 2007
Hamburg (dpa) - A 42-year-old Chinese woman went on trial in the northern German city of Hamburg Thursday for poking a 35-centimetre drill into the ear of her sleeping ex-husband, causing him serious injury.
The woman told the court through her lawyer that she had acted "in a state of mental confusion" after her ex-husband, also Chinese, had demanded sexual favours from her.
The unnamed woman acknowledged in a letter read out by the judge at the beginning of the trial that she had attacked her ex-husband in April 2005.
But she denied that she was attempting to murder him. "I did not intend to kill my ex-husband. I love him," she wrote.
The woman was detained at London's Heathrow airport two years after the crime.
She had fled to China, from where she maintained regular contact with her ex-husband.
The judge read out several letters from the woman, who has indicated she does not wish to give evidence in court.
In the letters she described how she had been abused by her ex-husband and how he had deceived her with other women. She also accused him of beating their daughter.
But the woman insisted that she still loved the man. "I needed my ex-husband. I was dependent on him," she wrote.
In the letters the woman, who is to undergo psychiatric tests, said she had been suffering from depression in the months before the attack and had taken tranquillizers.
On the day of the assault, her ex-husband had invited her to his home and made sexual demands of her, she wrote.
"He insisted that I should bear him a son," she said.
She faces a charge of attempted murder.
Subject: German news