A jilted man who stabbed his ex-wife 11 times in the face and neck, paralysing and scarring her for life, has been jailed for seven years and the woman has slammed the sentence as a “sick joke”.
The Saarbruecken Regional Court in the capital city of the German state of Saarland sentenced 54-year-old Raymond K., full surname not reported due to strict local privacy laws, to seven years in prison on Thursday, 13th January.
The former civil servant, who hails from Luxembourg, which shares a border with Saarland, was found guilty of the attempted murder of his ex-wife Florence K., 54.
The incident took place at a car park in the municipality of Wallerfangen, also in Saarland, shortly after 5.30am on 19th May last year (2021).
The woman had reportedly spent the night at another man’s apartment and her irate ex-husband had been lying in wait for her.
As she walked through the car park, he drove over to her, got out of the vehicle and, with a 30-centimetre-long knife, stabbed her 11 times in the face and neck in a jealous rage.
The woman’s life was only saved thanks to an emergency operation. However, the right half of her face remains paralysed and her face remains heavily scarred to this day.
Following the verdict, she was reported as saying: “Seven years, what a joke! Given the consequences I have to live with, I find the punishment unfair.”
She added: “Seven years for him, a lifetime for me!”
The last 12 years of the couple’s 27-year marriage had been marked by regular beatings, and the mother of three eventually divorced her then-husband in 2020.
He continued to stalk her until he carried out the attack.
The victim was quoted as saying: “I’m scared of the day he comes out and my life ends. That he’ll do what he intended – and kill me.”