Volunteer firefighter Martin burned his wife Natasha because she intended to leave him

A pre-trial hearing was held in the district court on Monday for Martin Zaviršek, who doused his wife Nataša with petrol and set her on fire in August last year. The accused does not admit guilt for the murder, and the defense demands the removal of the judge due to “infection”.


The accused Martin Zaviršek, in the background his defense counsel Mitja Pavčič

The insurance company is claiming compensation
The relatives of the deceased waived their property claim, but it was notified by the insurance company in the amount of EUR 3,156 with interest, as the fire damaged the victim’s vehicle.

He is 47 years old on 12 August last year in Mala Račna near Grosuplje Martin Zaviršek his wife of three years Natasha on arrival from work he poured petrol and set it on fire. Burnt in severe pain, whose cries were heard throughout the village, she found her son. Rescuers took her to a clinical center, where she lost the battle for her life after two weeks.

Martin fled the scene, leaving only slippers behind. An extensive search operation was launched, involving villagers, local firefighters and police with horses, drones and a helicopter. However, the fugitive was not found. He came to his home village alone after a few days, was burnt on the arm, reported to his mother, and finally calmly surrendered to the police.

Motive for fatigue? Reckless revenge

Motive for fatigue? The prosecution says ruthless revenge, “Because she intended to leave him and had another intimate partner”. The murder is punishable by a minimum of 15 and a maximum of 30 years in prison, and the prosecution did not have a criminal proposal for Zaviršek. “I do not admit guilt,” is on the judge’s question Maja Povhe stated the 47-year-old mechanical engineer and volunteer firefighter.

Defendant’s counsel, attorney Mitja Pavčič, suggested, among other things, that four witnesses be heard in court, “Who knew the personal relationship between the accused and the injured party, as they were in the company, at parties related to the fire service, and were also present at family parties.”. It’s about the defendant’s cousin Zdenko, her husband Jože, both are firefighters, Nado, as well as a firefighter, and each defendant Otona.

Defense on the letter and for the disqualification of the judge

Lawyer Pavčič also filed a letter from September 2017, which the deceased wrote to the accused and from which it follows, “that she herself was very devoted to the accused as he was to her, that they had an excellent and open relationship ”…

With the letter, the defense wants to challenge some of the statements of the prosecution witnesses that the accused had a possessive attitude towards the victim. “Although the letter is three years old, it is not irrelevant,” Pavčič emphasized and continued that the prosecution also referred to the statements of witnesses about the events of twenty years ago, “when, for example, the accused was a vassal” …

However, Judge Maja Povhe excluded from the criminal file the official note of the police interrogation of the accused’s brother, who refused to testify during the investigation. And since she had already become acquainted with him, lawyer Pavček demanded her exclusion, which will now be decided by the president of the Ljubljana District Court. The date of the main hearing has not yet been set.

Source: Svet24.si by novice.svet24.si.

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