SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. --- The victim of a brutal attack was upgraded to satisfactory condition, almost two weeks following her husband beating her and cutting on her tongue, according to prosecutors.
Vladimir Pavlik, 60, faces charges of attempted first degree murder for the attack on his wife. A local hospital confirmed her condition Tuesday.
Pavlik told a translator in his native Russian that he beat his wife with a tire iron on Oct. 5 until she was motionless on the floor, then cut out her tongue with a kitchen knife.
Pavlik explained to the translator that his wife had been using her “tongue from Satan” or her “Devil’s tongue” to curse him. Pavlik told the translator, according to court documents, he had ill will towards the victim because he believed she did not do her fair share of work as part of their janitorial business. Pavlik said to the translator that he did what he did as a sign to other women that they needed to not mock men the way that the victim had been mocking him.
Pavlik has not yet been scheduled for his next court appearance, though he is still in Spokane County Jail and held on $1 million bond.