A SON has been acquitted of murder after he stabbed his father to death while protecting his mum from a violent attack.
Alex Pompa, 20, was acquitted on Wednesday in the Court of Assizes, Turin, in the Piedmont region, Italy.
He was accused of the murder of his dad, Giuseppe, who was killed in the nearby town of Collegno on April 30 last year.
The young man allegedly stabbed his father “dozens” of times before calling the emergency services himself.
His dad was pronounced dead at the scene.
Alex has now walked away a free man after judges ruled he had killed his dad to protect his mum from a horrific episode of domestic violence.
Local media including Fanpage reported the man frequently beat his wife, who said of her son in the courtroom: “If it weren’t for him, I wouldn’t be here today.”
The judges concluded that the young man’s actions “[did] not constitute a crime”.
Testimony from the defendant’s mum, brother, were key in his acquittal, with the young man telling the judges: “My father was a sick man, obsessed with jealousy and control over my mother.”
Court documents catalogued over 300 threats directed by the dad towards his wife and children.
Giuseppe Pompa, 52, was said to be so violent that Alex and his brother, Loris, has long since stopped going out at night for fear of leaving their mother alone with him.
And when the Covid lockdown arrived in March, the violence only got worse, the court heard.
How you can get help
Women’s Aid has this advice for victims and their families:
- Always keep your phone nearby.
- Get in touch with charities for help, including the Women’s Aid live chat helpline and services such as SupportLine.
- If you are in danger, call 999.
- Familiarise yourself with the Silent Solution, where you call 999 and press ‘55’ if you can’t safely speak.
- Always keep some money or a bank card on you, including change in case you need a pay phone or bus fare.
- If you suspect your partner is about to attack you, try to move towards an exit if you are inside the house and get your phone in case you need to call for help.
- Avoid the kitchen and garage, where there are likely to be knives or other potential weapons. Avoid rooms where you might become trapped, such as the bathroom.
SupportLine is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6pm to 8pm on 01708 765200. The charity’s email support service is open weekdays and weekends during the crisis – firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also call the freephone 24-hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247.
On the night of the crime, Giuseppe arrived home from work angry and drank several glasses of wine before taking out his frustration on his wife, prompting Alex to grab a knife and stab his dad numerous times.
He immediately confessed his actions to the police, and the Court of Review accepted his lawyers’ request to allow him to serve his custody period under house arrest.
In an interview with La Repubblica following his acquittal, he said: “Now I just want to go home and get my life back. See the Inter match, have dinner with my family. Take a trip, a normal life.”
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