Man who savgely beat his ex-wife gets no jail time because judge says her infidelity 'dishonored' him

An appeal court in Portugal ruled that a man shouldn't have to serve jail time after he savagely beat his ex-wife, because her infidelity brought "dishonor" to him.  

The beating happened in June 2015, when the man and his former wife's ex-lover joined forces to attack her with a nail-spiked club. According to court documents, the ex-lover restrained her while the man hit her in the head and body with the club. Injuries from the beating to the head required her to get five stitches.

The man was given a suspended sentence of a year and three months in jail. He was also required to pay a fine. The public prosecutor's office appealed the case, hoping to get a heavier sentence and force the man to serve some actual jail time. But the judges on the court of appeals in Porto refused to impose a stiffer sentence on the man.

According to the ruling, signed by Judge Joaquim Neto de Moura, "the adultery of the woman is a very serious attack on the honor and dignity of the man. It was the disloyalty and the sexual immorality of the plaintiff that made (the defendant) fall into a profound depression, and it was in this depressive state and clouded by the revolt that carried out the act of aggression, as was well considered in the judgment under appeal."
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