ATHENS – A 37-year-old Greek woman was found guilty of attempting murder for throwing acid in the face of a woman she thought was a rival for a man’s attention, a unanimous finding as her terial ended.
Efi Kakarantzoula, the defendant will be sentenced after her defense lawyers make arguments to the court, said Kathimerini.
Prosecutor Charalambos Mastrantonakis said of the attack that, “It was revenge that accepted the risk of death” in the attack on Ioanna Paliospyrou, who was left disfigured by the sulfuric acid and had to undergo multiple surgeries, scarred for life.
He added that, “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,.”
If the prosecutor’s recommended sentencing is accepted, Kakarantzoula faces a sentence of 14 years imprisonment.
Kakarantzoula earlier had claimed that, “I never intended to kill her, but to hurt and injure her,” according to the state-run Athens-Macedonian News Agency.
“I only accept the charge of causing grievous bodily harm,” the suspect said of tossing the acid at Paliospyrou as she left her office on May 20, 2020 in the neighborhood of Kallithea as the COVID-19 pandemic was raging.
She also reportedly claimed not to know the damage that sulfuric acid can cause and expressed regret for her actions, apologizing at the same time admitting she wanted to hurt the victim.