A 40-year-old man stabbed to death his 31-year-old wife in Dafni suburb of Athens and handed himself over to police claiming his motive was “jealousy.” It is the second femicide in Greece in just less than two weeks and the third since May.
The murder took place in the bedroom of the family home. The woman was lying in a lake of blood on the bed. It has not been clarified yet whether the victim was sleeping when she was attacked.
Citing police sources media report that the victim had several stab injuries.
Police told media that the perpetrator said that he had murdered the woman because he was “jealous.”
The man is expected to be taken before a prosecutor as the investigation continues.
It is the third murder of a woman, the third femicide in three months in the country.
In May, a 33-year-old helicopter pilot killed his 20-year-old wife Caroline, mother of an 11-month-old baby girl, and staged a fake robbery scenery. Twelve days ago, on July 18, a 30-year-old man brutally murdered his 26-year-old partner Garyfallia while the couple was on vacation on the island of Folegandros.
In the first case the motive judicial-wise remains a “secret,” even though there were reports in the media that she was planning to leave him. In the second the man claimed he got angry because she was distracted with her mobile and they had lost their way and that she often mocked him.
Femicide is a sex-based hate crime term, broadly defined as “the intentional killing of women or girls because they are female”. With men being the perpetrators and often the victims’ intimate partners, the perpetrators often claim being provoked or turned down by them.