Saturday, 01. November 2014
21. 01. 13. - 12:15
This is the young woman who was killed while four months pregnant after she refused a plea by her lover to have an abortion.
Loreidy Pot, 20, was so enthusiastic about her expected baby that she carried the ultra sound picture with her at all times, and refused her African lover Manu Natungo's request for an abortion.
But a court heard how as a result he lured her to a remote beauty spot in the Swiss canton of Fribourg, persuaded her to have sex, and then afterwards strangled her, put her body in a shallow grave and set it on fire.
The court heard that it had taken 5 minutes for her to die, and in that time his other girlfriend, Amelia Pascal, 30, also jailed, had turned up with two spades and the gasoline and had then helped him dig the grave.
Amélia who had a child with Nanu had been furious when she found out that he had another woman.
She told the court in the original trial that she "did not want their child growing up with a bastard brother". She also spoke of her anger at the fact that Manu had cheated on her with the other woman in "every room of their home".
But a Swiss appeals court has ruled that the life sentence given by a Geneva court for the "Devil's Couple" as local media called them was inhuman and reduced it to 20 years so that the pair can have a chance to do something with their lives.
François Canonica, lawyer for the 30-year-old Angolan who moved to Switzerland aged nine, said at the time that his client had not been given the chance to talk about his difficult upbringing in a country that was ravaged by war.
He said: "In prison, he has completed a high school matriculation in science and has begun training to become an electrical engineer. One can be detestable yesterday and admirable today."
The lawyer for the woman, who didn't want this new baby to cause "issues", argued that her involvement was "relatively limited".
In the court Manu, 32, blamed Amelia who he claimed had put unbearable pressure on him to kill his lover as her pregnancy was a shame on their honour.
"They killed with a noticeable lack of scruples," presiding judge Pierre Marquis said, but nevertheless agreed to reduce the sentence.
Halloween At The Zoo
Pumpkin pie might be the order of the day for people this Halloween but now zoo animals are also getting in on the act.
Baby Naked Mole Rats Born In Vienna
With their pink hairless bodies and fangs for front teeth, these baby naked mole rats were never going to win any cuteness contests at Schonbrunn Zoo in the Austrian capital Vienna.
Jihad Girls Gunpoint Retraction Of Desire To Go Home
Austrian anti-terrorism police believe that an interview given to a French magazine allegedly with one of the two teenage girls who fled to Syria to join in the jihad was probably carried out at gunpoint.
Get Shorty As Confused Bald Ibis Gets Lost Again
A rare bald Ibis that seems to have a different sense of direction to her fellow birds has once again had to be rescued after getting stuck trying to find a different route to the southern Italian feeding ground.
Alpine Trains Venture Into Space As The Final Frontier
Austria’s national railway line the OeBB has raised eyebrows after offering themed toilets including one that is supposed to "look and smell like outer space".
MEP caught In Brit papers Fraud Probe Jailed
A corrupt MEP caught by a British newspaper offering to propose amendments to EU laws in exchange for 100,000 euros a year has been given a three-year-jail term.
Vienna Jihad Girls Want To Come Home
The two Austrian teenage girls who became ‘poster girls’ for the jihad in Syria are now desperate to come home after getting completely disillusioned with their new lifestyles.
There was a festival atmosphere as Bundespresident Heinz Fischer opened Vienna's new Hauptbahnhof Friday morning.
Apple Truck Causes Traffic Jam
When 24 tonnes of apples are catapulted across a road it can only mean a jam.
Farmer Cleared Over Wolf Shooting
Furious animal rights campaigners have accused an Austrian farmer of lying after he shot dead a wolf that he claimed he thought was a fox.
The most popular stories –
last 7 days
|Jihad Girls Gunpoint Retraction Of Desire To Go Home|
|Baby Naked Mole Rats Born In Vienna|
|Dim Romeo Burns Down College During Failed Proposal|
|Halloween At The Zoo|
|Brit That Saved Kids From Nazis Gets Top Honour|
Why suffer in silence. Let off steam by letting our readers share your troubles. File your complaints about anything and everything here.
Our ombudsman David Rogers will try and help solve some of the problems from lazy civil servants through to incompetent companies – and at the very least the worst transgressors will end up in our weekly special report.