This stunning young woman – accused of stabbing her own mother and cutting out her still beating heart – is expected to receive a reduced sentence because of her gender.
Anna Lejkovich, 21, laughed in court when asked if she was sorry about what she had done, however Moldovan law prevents a woman from receiving a life sentence, according to the news site Stiri.
Lejkovich is accused of killing her 40-year-old mother Parascovia Leicovici in the Moldovan city of Comrat in the Autonomous Territorial Unit of Gagauzia on 11th December 2020.
Stiri said that during the suspect’s first court hearing she laughed when the prosecutor asked if she was sorry about what she was accused of doing.
The court sent Lejkovich to a psychiatric ward in an undisclosed location where she is currently undergoing tests to determine if she is fit to stand trial.
Romanian news outlet Ziarul National said the incident occurred after the victim returned from a long-term work trip to Germany only to find that her daughter had become addicted to drugs.
She confronted her daughter and said that she would have to go to rehab and clean up her act.
Local media said this led to an argument during which the suspect took a knife and allegedly stabbed her mother in the chest multiple times.
While the suspect’s mother was left bleeding on the floor, she allegedly cut out her still beating heart.
The suspect was detained shortly after and a court ordered her to be held in preliminary detention at a psychiatric hospital while the investigation continues.
Vladimir Chimpoesh, former deputy prosecutor of Gagauzia, told the news outlet Pro.Tv that the young woman is not likely to receive a life sentence due to her gender.
He claimed that a woman in Moldova cannot be sentenced to life imprisonment and as a result, if the suspects admit to the crime, she will face a maximum sentence of 13 years and 4 months.
He added that if the woman is found to have an unsound state of mind by psychiatric experts then the sentence could be further reduced.