Woman who abandoned baby in bin sentenced to 9 years in prison

in News · 21-10-2020 12:49:00 · 4 Comments

The woman who abandoned her newborn son in a dustbin in the Santa Apolónia area of Lisbon, in November 2019, was today sentenced to nine years in prison for attempted murder.

The Central Criminal Court of Lisbon, on the Campus of Justice, considered that it had been proven that the accused had the intention of killing the baby.

On 7 October, the Public Prosecutor's Office (MP) asked for “a prison sentence of not less than 12 years” for Sara Furtado.

At the trial, the MP considered that the accused, who is accused of attempted qualified homicide, acted premeditatedly, having hidden the pregnancy from her family, boyfriend and other homeless people who, like her, lived in tents next to a nightclub in Santa Apolónia.

“After the baby was found, the defendant didn't want to know…. She showed no regret,” said the prosecutor

The MP considered that the defendant has a “non-conforming” personality, having not shown any pity for the situation, but said that the confession of the facts and the age factor (22 years) should be taken into account by the court.

At the trial, Sara Furtado confessed that she laid the baby down in an ecoponto not to get rid of him, but with the intention that he would be found, justifying the act with "shame" and "fear" of having a child and living on the street.


william, you are an idiot.

By Pete from UK on 24-10-2020 10:42

I remember the story, she was from Kap Verde (?) and ended up living on the streets. Heartbreaking to think how desperate she must have been to give birth out there on her own and abandon her own baby. Luckily he was found before the cold got to him.
Sara is young, she was not yet 'hardened' by street life, just felt lost and couldn't find a way out of her situation. Instead of a lengthy prison sentence she would benefit from support and counselling, a chance at something to turn her life around. But putting her in prison is easier.

By Annie from Algarve on 22-10-2020 01:12

with "shame" and "fear" of having a child and living on the street.
Nine Years!
Is this to prove a point to other homeless people living in tents who are lost, desperate and normally aggressively confused.
Mmmmm feel the compassion.

Public Prosecutors Office asked for no less than twelve years.
Has the PPO investigated this young woman's upbring, education, social life, addictions, diet and on and on.
No one on this planet is that Pure that they should ask for 12 years imprisonment for a woman who did NOT murder anyone.

Intention is easily proven by an educated mind against someone not educated.

By Roberto Flocksley from Other on 21-10-2020 08:26

Now she will have a roof over her head, a bed to sleep on, 3 meals a day, and medical care....

By William from Other on 21-10-2020 07:56
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