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Pietropaolo found guilty of double murder

Pietropaolo found guilty of double murder

Vincenzo Pietropaolo murdered his father and seven months later, used the same gun to kill his estranged wife.

That’s the finding of the High Court in Johannesburg.

The former treasurer of the Bank of Athens initially denied murdering his wife, Manuela.

Later, he admitted to the crime but blamed the victim.

After three years of delays, the verdict is in: Guilty as charged.

The court found Pietropaolo murdered his father Pasqualino in his sleep.

Police initially thought the father’s murder was a botched robbery but later established it was much closer to home.

“This court can find that beyond any doubt… it is the accused that killed his father,” said Judge Ratha Mokgoatlheng.

Pietropaolo shot Manuela nine times at the front door of the home they used to share.

The police arrested Pietropaolo on the same night of his wife’s murder.

Pietropaolo previously made some confessions, saying he had arrived at the house of his estranged wife to drop off documents and he encountered an “emotional storm” which provoked him to open fire.

He said he had no intention of harming her but was provoked.

The judge found that the murder was premeditated.

“I hope you rot in hell,” Manuela’s sister Serena Nicolaides said during her emotional testimony.

 


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