Thursday, 15 November 2007

Latest news: the charge is murder

Luigi Spaccarotella has been accused of murder (omicidio volontario) according to his lawyer, speaking a short time ago.

Eyewitnesses confirm that they saw him take aim and fire 'at person height', his arms outstretched and his gun held firmly in both hands. Spaccarotella denies aiming at anyone. But the tide seems to be shifting against him: the local chief prosecutor has described his actions as 'unforgiveable.'

Meanwhile the driver of the car, one of Sandri's friends, has been discussing his crucial eyewitness testimony. "We had just set off from the service station when unexpectedly, turning to my left, I saw someone standing motionless on a small mound, with a pistol held in both hands pointing in our direction. I was driving and so I turned back to look ahead of me. Only a fraction of a second hand passed. It was then that I heard a dull thud. But we hadn't realised what had happened, and I continued to drive."


de vertalerin said...

What I find particularly shocking about this is that yes, the police do sometimes shoot innocent people, as Londoners know quite well, but they tend to do it when they have at least some reason for thinking there is a present danger. You really have to wonder what was going on in Spaccarotella's head.

ginkers said...

This is the strange thing about Italian justice, that the whole court case is played out before it even sees a court. By the end of this week we will know prosecution, defence and everything in between...

ursus arctos said...

My honest belief is that Spaccarotella had seen too many (US) cop shows, and was trying to be a hero by shooting out the car's tyres; it is increasingly clear that he had no idea what kind of crime any of the people in the car may have committed.

And we will have all of the details played out in the press, but it will go on for months (at least), not weeks, and it will take (many) years for there to be a final judgement.

My single favourite illustration of the nature of the Italian justice system is that the idiom here is not "innocent until proven guilty". Rather it is "innocent until conclusively determined to be guilty by a court from which no further appeal is possible".

That really tells you all that you need to know.