The trial against the murderer of her three daughters begins in Greece, amid public outrage

The trial against the murderer of her three daughters begins in Greece, amid public outrage

The trial against the murderer of her three daughters begins in Greece, amid public outrage

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The trial of a 34-year-old woman accused of killing her three daughters over a three-year period began in the Greek capital Athens, a case that sparked widespread outrage in Greece.

Rola Bisspirego, who is being held in a maximum-security prison, is due to appear in court on Monday charged with “attempted first-degree murder” and “first-degree murder” of her eldest daughter.

Pesperigo denies all allegations.

Pesperigo is accused of poisoning her nine-year-old daughter Georgina in January 2022 by giving her ketamine, a narcotic.

At the time of her death on January 29, 2022, Georgina had been in the hospital, where she had stayed several times since she first suffered from cramps in April 2021 that left her paraplegic.

Pespirego was arrested in March 2022 and has maintained her innocence ever since.

After her arrest, authorities began investigating the deaths of her two other daughters, Malina, who died in 2019 at the age of three, and Iris, who died in 2021 at the age of six months.

Forensic examinations conducted on her two other daughters after Georgina’s death revealed that the girls died of asphyxiation.

Although investigations into the girls’ deaths are still ongoing, Pesperigo was also charged in August in their deaths.

A court source said Pespirego’s attorney, Alexis Kogias, is expected to call on Monday for all cases to be consolidated and adjourned.

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And the Greek media called Pesperigo, who works as a nurse, “a modern day Medea, a character from Greek mythology who kills her children after their father left them for another woman”.

The alleged triple infanticide attracted a lot of media attention in Greece.

And last April, the Greek government was forced to call for calm after calls for the killing of Pesperigo and urged the public to allow investigators to continue their work.

Flanked by heavily armed police officers, Pesperigo wore a bulletproof vest when she first arrived at Athens court shortly after her arrest.

Riot police were deployed as protesters chanted, “You murderer, confess your crimes,” and some called for her to be hanged.

TV channels “primarily focus on viewers’ feelings,” explained Evi Lambropoulou, a lecturer in criminology at Athens Pantheon University.

“This information is then amplified on social networks where there is no control whatsoever,” she added.

“We’re particularly tough on mothers who commit infanticide because we have ideas about motherhood,” psychologist and psychoanalyst Sophie Marinopoulos told AFP.

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