Trial for Palma man accused of trying to poison children

A MAN is facing 14 years in prison for allegedly attempting to poison his two children.
The events took place in their home in Palma in February last year when his wife was sleeping.
It is alleged he got the two children, aged 21 and six, in his own bed and filled a bowl with hydrochloric acid and bleach which released a gas that could have killed them in a short space of time, especially as he had closed the doors and windows. According to the prosecution, he then got into bed with them.
However, at around 5am, his daughter, who has a schizophrenic disorder and is certified 46 per cent disabled, awoke and finding herself unable to breath, feeling sick and coughing constantly, took her brother and left the room. Both were admitted to the emergency department at Son Espases Hospital with intoxication from the gas. Both received treatment for three days but had no lasting side effects.
The man had reportedly been drinking that evening but the prosecutor insists that he knew what he was doing. He may also have to pay €3,600 in compensation to his wife and children.

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