Court reduces sentence for woman who dumped newborn baby in trash


By TPN / Lusa, in News, Crime · 23-08-2021 10:24:00 · 0 Comments

The Supreme Court of Justice has reduced the sentence of the woman who abandoned her newborn baby in a trash can in Lisbon from nine years to one year and ten months in prison.

In the August 19 edition, Jornal de Notícias cited the decision of the Supreme Court of Justice (STJ), in which the judges argue that it was “the violent emotion of the misery of pregnancy that really” dominated the woman’s action, recalling that “what appears to be ‘criminal’ premeditated malice will certainly only be the result of confusion.”

Last week, the Público newspaper had already made public the decision of the STJ, arguing that Sara Furtado would be released in September.

Contacted on August 19 by Lusa News Agency, women’s advocate Rute Santos confirmed the STJ’s decision.

Sara Furtado was sentenced in October 2020 to nine years in prison for attempted aggravated homicide, after leaving her newborn son in a trash can in the Santa Apolónia neighborhood in November 2019.

“A person having difficulties in directing his life, in having clear ideas, does not seem to be able to identify with the icy rationalism of such a clearly mental delinquent”, one can read in the judgment of the STJ.

Lawyer Varela de Matos, who was part of a group of lawyers who in November 2019 submitted a request for the immediate release (“habeas corpus”) of Sara Furtado, used social media to applaud the STJ’s decision.

“Finally, the Supreme Court of Justice, to the punishment of the advisers, Teresa Féria and Paulo Ferreira da Cunha, rendered a decision. He says what we said two years ago, and what were the arguments of “habeas corpus”: a 20 year old girl, in these circumstances of time, place and manner, had a troubled conscience and diminished in the act she was practicing, “she wrote.

On November 5, 2019, the authorities received the alert concerning a newborn baby found in a trash can on Avenida Infante D. Henrique, near the river station.

The newborn was found by a homeless person, still with traces of the umbilical cord, and was transported to Dona Estefânia hospital in Lisbon. He was then transferred to the Alfredo da Costa maternity hospital as he did not need complex medical and surgical care.

At the time, the Lisbon district prosecutor’s office that “it was enough to prove that the accused, 36 weeks pregnant and in labor”, gave birth to the baby in Santa Apolónia, “put the newborn in a plastic bag, with the other handkerchiefs expelled at the time of delivery, and placed in a yellow bin, then when leaving the premises “.

The president of the Child Support Institute (IAC) argued that the young woman exposed the abandoned baby, without wanting to kill him.

According to Dulce Rocha, the woman was in a vulnerable situation which led her to abandon her child.

The president of the IAC also mentioned that there were no signs, such as injuries or signs of suffocation that indicated an attempted murder.


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