Court reduces sentence for antifreeze poisoner

The Prague High Court has reduced a 20-year prison sentence to 17 for a Czech mother who poisoned her child with antifreeze but had second thoughts and called for an ambulance. In January the sentence was changed from 25 to 20 years. The reason for the more lenient sentence is that the child, five years old, was saved by doctors and was able to recover fully. Had she died, the chairman of the appeals committee Jiří Lněnicka indicated, the extraordinary sentence would have been upheld. The little girl now lives with her father and has had no contact with her mother. The would-be murderer has expressed regret over her deed.

Author: Jan Velinger