The trial for the murder of the mayor of Lauterbrunnen, one of the most visited towns in the Swiss Alps, ended when the judge determined that the victim’s wife, the confessed author of the crime, is not responsible for her actions and must be interned in a psychiatric.

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After analyzing the mental state of the accused, whose name has not been made public following the norm in trials held in the country, it was concluded that the 60-year-old woman suffers from a schizophrenic disorder for which she believed she was being poisoned by her husband. to whom he stabbed 58 times on August 15, 2022.

The medical reports indicated that the disorder was very advanced, making it difficult to treat, and They recommended psychiatric confinement, in principle dictated for a maximum period of five years but which could become permanent custody if the patient does not respond to any therapy.

The victim, Martin Stäger, has been at the head of the Lauterbrunnen mayor’s office since 2014had already hospitalized his wife on several occasions for serious psychological problems.

The defendant’s paranoid delusions continued during pre-trial detention, as the defendant claimed that the security personnel The person who watched her worked for the Stasi (the famous intelligence service of the former Democratic Germany) and he also tried to poison her.

The crime caused a great impact in the town of Lauterbrunnen, one of the most visited towns by tourists from all over the world in the Interlaken region of the Swiss Alps, due to its proximity to ski resorts and the famous Jungfrau massif and the glacier. of Aletsch, considered a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

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