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A young woman accused of murdering her own mum 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 was being accused of.
But the law in the former Soviet state of Moldova prevents a woman from receiving a life sentence, according to the news site Stiri.
Lejkovich is accused of killing 40-year-old Parascovia Leicovici in the city of Comrat on December 11, 2020.
It is reported that during her 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 for the alleged crime.
Romanian news outlet Ziarul National said that 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.
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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.
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Lejkovich 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 for the autonomous region 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 four months.
Mr Chimpoesh added that if the woman is found to have an unsound state of mind by psychiatric experts then the sentence could be further reduced.
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