A woman who gave birth to her husband’s child two days after stabbing him to death has been cleared of murder.
Adriana Ciurar, 25, broke down and was helped from the dock after a jury returned a not proven verdict over the killing of Samoila Stoica, 25, on Christmas Day in 2019.
The High Court in Edinburgh erupted in wails and shouting from members of Stoica’s family after the verdict, with one man collapsing. Lord Boyd, the judge, left the bench and police officers from outside the court had to restore order.
Because of the pandemic, the jury had observed proceedings via a video link from a cinema five miles away.
Stoica died from a single stab wound at his home in Kirkcaldy, Fife, according to a post-mortem examination. Stoica’s mother, Lina, had told the court that the couple — Romanian citizens who worked in a food processing plant in Fife — had a troubled relationship. She said that she had warned her son to leave Ciurar but was told that he loved her very much. [J4MB emphasis]
C Laura Piercy told the court that when she arrived at Ciurar’s home Stoica was lying on the ground injured and she and a colleague tried to resuscitate him.
Ciurar was taken to a nearby police station. DC Lindsey Lee said that Ciurar was heavily pregnant and started speaking about Stoica, whom she called Sami. Lee told the court: “She was very upset. She was crying on and off. She composed herself sometimes but she became teary again.
“She said that she was upset and she said that she was scared. She said she was scared that Sami’s family would think she hurt him.”
On Tuesday Iain Paterson, solicitor advocate for the defence, told the court the killing had been an accident.
Ciurar said that Stoica grabbed her hair while she was washing up and she pushed him with a knife in her hand. She said: “I was just so scared. I didn’t know what was going to happen. When he held my hair I was so scared I turned my back to face him and I pushed him to go away.
“I pushed with my hands. I have got the knife in my hand washing the knife.
“I have to live with this my whole life.”
She said that she would have to explain to her daughter what happened to her father.
It is unclear whether Ciurar will return to her home in Fife.
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