He killed his father to save his mother: acquitted – Chronicle

Alex Pompa, 20 years old, together with his mother Maria Cotoia and his brother Loris

“I hope that the judges understand – said the mother while waiting for the sentence that would change their lives – we just want a normal life”. The prosecutor Alessandro Aghemo passed the ball to the judges, “forced” by the code to ask for a sentence of 14 years. And after six hours in the council chamber, the court of Assizes presided over by Alessandra Salvadori issued that very difficult verdict, acquitting the twenty-year-old Alex Pompa, who on 30 April last year – when he was just of age – killed his father Giuseppe in Collegno. , a 52-year-old worker, to defend his mother during the umpteenth dispute: “The fact is not a crime”. Maria Cotoia rejoices: “We have won, finally real life”. While her son is “in a hurry to go home to hug us”, because …

“I hope that the judges understand – said the mother while waiting for the sentence that would change their lives – we just want a normal life”. The prosecutor had passed the ball to the judges Alessandro Aghemo, “forced” by the code to ask for one sentence of 14 years. And after six hours in the council chamber, the Assize Court chaired by Alessandra Salvadori issued that very difficult verdict, acquitting the twenty-year-old Alex Pompa, who on 30 April last year – when he was just of age – in Collegno killed his father Giuseppe, 52-year-old worker, per defend the mother during the umpteenth dispute: “The fact is not a crime”. Maria Cotoia rejoices: “We have won, finally real life”. While his son is “in a hurry to go home to hug us”, because in court it is not the same thing. Alex had killed her abusive father with 34 stab wounds and six different knives, breaking the blade in the final deadly slash. But then he immediately called the carabinieri confessing the crime he had committed.

The verdict provided only two alternatives: 14 years or acquittal as requested by the lawyer Claudio Strata who explained the dramatic situation experienced in that house. A reason that the court has fully recognized, even if the introduction of the rules for the ‘red code’ lead to the exclusion of the granting of extenuating circumstances for those who kill a person linked to family ties. Therefore the fact itself does not constitute a crime. “We deserve it – says the bewildered boy – Now I can take my life back. We have always trusted in justice and we have felt the support of all despite many hard times ” brother Major Loris holds a hand on his shoulder: “We saw death in the face and Alex saved our lives“. In the courtroom to hear the sentence there was also” my guardian angel “, the Treviso entrepreneur Paolo Fassa, who decided to help him after hearing the news on the news. He found the best criminal lawyer in the city, followed all the stages of the story, dispensed telephone advice and the super lawyer to convince the court played 250 shocking recordings, 9 hours of audio with the screams and insults between husband and wife.

“Do you realize what that boy went through? He couldn’t study, he couldn’t sleep, he couldn’t live. Every evening, as he himself told, he would go to bed only after hugging his mother for a long time, afraid of waking up and not finding her alive anymore “.

Alex said she understood that Dad was already different from the way he walked around the house tonight. “He kept saying ‘I’ll kill you’ and when I saw him go to the kitchen I knew he really would. My survival instinct thought only to anticipate it. “He told of a fight:” He kept repeating ‘get under it, I’ll cut you up. They will find you in a pit. ‘” Obsessive, aggressive, harassing, problematic. His wife recalled that before the tragedy Giuseppe had called her “101 times for reasons of jealousy”. And that in the previous months she and the children had recorded her outbursts 225 times “because we thought she was going to kill us.” In a memoir Alex writes: “Dad had his eyes bulging, he was demon-possessed. I was never able to take a quiet shower fearing that he would attack Mom. He hated her smile.”

A psychiatric report determined it was partially capable of understanding at the time of the murder due to a post traumatic stress disorder caused precisely bynightmare lived in the family. On the day of the murder, Giuseppe Pompa had spied on his wife at work and had seen a colleague put a hand on her shoulder, a gesture that had unleashed his fury. “Alex has already served his sentence – says Maria -. It was growing up with a violent father. If it weren’t for him, we wouldn’t be alive today”.