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Acid Attacker Who Scarred Perceived Love Rival Jailed 15 Years

ATHENS – A 37-year-old Greek woman convicted of throwing acid in the face of another woman she thought was a rival for the affections of a man was given a 15-year jail sentence for the attack for which she showed little remorse.

Efi Kakarantzoula, was unanimously found guilty in a cour of attempted murder, for tossing the acid at Ioanna Paliospyrou, 35, in the Athens suburb of Kallithea in May 2020, also causing serious internal and emotional injury.

The jury didn’t accept any mitigating factors, including Kakarantzoula’s lawyer’s defense that she had a clean criminal record until the acid attack, which was totally disregarded as lessening any responsibility for the crime.

Case prosecutor Charalambos Mastrantonakis, said Kakarantzoula executed her criminal plan “in a calculated manner,” and that, “She had vile motives, murderous egoism and moral pettiness,” in a pre-meditated crime.

The type of acid used and the way she executed her crime “leaves no doubt about her murderous intent,” Mastrantonakis stressed, reported Kathimerini.

“The defendant did not want to ruin the face of Ioanna (the victim,) she ruined her life. When she threw the acid in her face, she accepted that it could be inhaled, swallowed, find its way to her trachea, and kill her,” he said, adding that “it was revenge that accepted the risk of death.”

Paliospyrou, who was left severely disabled for life by the attack, welcomed the court decision in tears and thanked her supporters, many wearing the same kind of mask she does to show their backing for her.

Kakarantzoula claimed during the trial that she only wanted to injure, not kill, Paliospyrou and that she began stalking her after suspecting her of dating a man with whom Kakarantzoula had embarked on a sexual relationship in 2018.

The trial garnered the attention of the country for its shocking nature and her lawyer failed to convince the court to accept his argument that she should get a lesser sentence and that the attack wasn’t a murder attempt.

Kakarantzoula admitted she hunted how to get the sulfuric acid she threw, first refusing to say how she obtained it and then claiming she got the vitriol from a man she paid and met him outside a shop in downtown Athens. Where it came from though was not said.

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