STA, 5 January 2020 - A 32-year-old man from Celje faces charges for trying to poison his former partner and their six-year-old daughter with doughnuts and for threatening them, the newspapers Dnevnik and Večer reported on Tuesday. He faces more than 15 years for the vicious crime.
The 32-year-old was spending time with his daughter on the day of the incident as scheduled, but failed to bring her back to her mother at the arranged hour.
When his former partner called him to tell him that she was coming to pick up the child, he told her to enter his apartment because they were making doughnuts.
When she came in, he offered her the doughnuts, which however contained tranquillisers.
The mother and daughter fell ill on their way home, so they called their relatives and sought medical assistance. At the hospital it was determined that they were poisoned.
According to Dnevnik and Večer, the 32-year-old is charged with two attempted murders in a vicious and insidious way, for which he faces at least 15 years in prison. He also faces a fine or up to six months in prison for making threats.
Police said the man had a criminal record of violent offences, including an attempted murder, so police protection had been provided to the two victims until the 32-year-old was placed in custody.
He has been in custody since 7 October, and the custody has been extended until 6 January due to the danger of repeat offence. An indictment against the man was filed on 31 December 2020.
The 32-year-old told investigators that the substance which caused the poisoning was a medicine intended for his use.
Slovenia saw a substantial rise in the number of homicides, murders and attempted murders last year, with their number more than doubling from 22 in 2019 to 49.
This was also the first year in Slovenia's history when three triple murders were recorded.