By Linda Hall •
Published: 12 Oct 2020 • 13:47
JOSEP MARIA MAINAT, singer, comedian, film director, television producer and writer, almost died last June.
That night, the 73-year-old diabetic slipped into a hypoglycaemic coma which the Catalan police, the Mossos d’Esquadra, believe was induced by an insulin injection.
Mainat, a young-looking septuagenarian, does not control his diabetes with insulin injections but takes two pills a day.
The only person who could have given him the insulin was seemingly Angela Dobrowolski Garrido, his 37-year-old German-Spanish wife whom he married in 2014 and who is the mother of his two youngest children, aged eight and four.
The house’s five security cameras show Dobrowolski – a medical student now in her last year – giving him two injections during the night.
The first, she told him, was testosterone and vitamins which he accepted and went back to sleep.
The second time, according to a report in El Pais, Dobrowolski was shown taking something from the fridge which the Mossos believe was insulin intended to provoke a lethal blood sugar drop.
Long after this fell dangerously low, his wife called the emergency services and his children gave him ice cream and Coca Cola, allegedly against their mother’s wishes, as they waited for paramedics to arrive.
Police investigators learnt that the couple were in the midst of separation proceedings and Dobrowolski discovered that were they to divorce, she would be excluded from the multi-million inheritance that would be hers were Mainat to die.
The Mossos arrested but later released Dobrowolski in August. In a possible parting shot, she recently filed two complaints of ill-treatment against her husband, requesting a protection order that the courts turned down.
Meanwhile, legal and medical experts explained that it will be difficult to bring prove that Dobrowolski attempted to kill her husband.
Insulin leaves no trace and analyses cannot demonstrate that it has been injected, they pointed out.
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