Italian Teen Released After Killing Abusive Father

BBC News:- Prosecutors in Italy have released from house arrest a 19-year-old who killed her violent father at their home north of Rome.

Deborah Sciacquatori acted in self-defence in an episode of domestic abuse, the local prosecutor decided.

Initially accused of manslaughter, she now faces the lesser charge of culpable excess of legitimate self-defence, but that may also be dropped.

The prosecutor said she had begged her father to stop the abuse.

“It is possible in the next fortnight that the investigating judge may be asked to close the case because the young woman, according to what we currently know, acted in self-defence,” said Tivoli prosecutor Francesco Menditto.

The case has raised questions about domestic abuse in Italy, including the issue of when self-defence can legitimately be used.

The man who died, 41-year-old ex-boxer Lorenzo Sciacquatori, was reportedly known as a violent man. He had served a jail term for assaulting a police officer in 2016 and his parents-in-law said he had beaten their daughter for 20 years.

Deborah Sciacquatori is also said to have suffered years of abuse, but her mother had not reported it out of fear that her daughter would be taken into care.

Her family have supported the young woman for defending the family.

3 COMMENTS

  1. HARSH REALITIES OF LIFE: VIOLENT LIFE – VIOLENT DEATH

    So a man lives, so he dies. Dead man tells no tales.

    It would be naive not to believe that ‘…violence begets violence.’

    To end violence, domestic or otherwise, someone must die.

    Believe it, such represents the ‘…Harsh Realities of Life. ‘

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