Shooting of woman hit in breast implants should be ruled accidental, lawyer argues



CALGARY -- The shooting of a woman who says her breast implants saved her from serious harm should be ruled an accident, a defence lawyer said Friday.

But Crown prosecutor Britta Kristensen said Fernando (Frank) Chora's claim he shot his ex-girlfriend with his 9mm Beretta unintentionally should be dismissed.

Kristensen told Court of Queen' Bench Justice Craig Jones that Chora's statement to police shortly after Eileen Liknes was shot on Jan 2., 2006 was more in line with the truth.

She noted that Chora told Okotoks Mounties he "lost it" and blacked out.

Liknes earlier testified she and Chora spent hours driving around southern Alberta after leaving her father's Calgary home, where she was visiting from BC.

She eventually got frustrated and told Chora he would have to get out.

Liknes said moments after Chora walked away from her car she was shot once in the chest.

The bullet grazed her right arm before entering her right breast and exiting her left.

She told court her breast implants -- which were both destroyed by the bullet -- saved her from a severe injury.

Defence counsel Adriano Iovinelli said the physical evidence supported Chora's claim the gun went off when he removed it from his travel bag to put in his breast pocket.

Chora, 61, had been charged with attempted murder, but Kristensen earlier conceded there was insufficient proof Chora intended the woman's death.

Jones will hand down a verdict next Wednesday on charges of assault with a weapon and aggravated assault.

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