Genoa Marassi Prison: Prosecutor opens an investigation into the suicide of the seventy-year-old inmate
The Genoa public prosecutor has opened a file to find out if the elderly man’s suicide could have been avoided. Last night the deputy prosecutor Patrizia Petruzziello carried out an inspection in the prison accompanied by the coroner Francesco Ventura and the scientific police.
With a T-wrench, a metal tool, she had hit her partner in the head several times in her sleep. An explosion of violence occurred in the night between 21 and 22 June last. The other day, in prison in Marassi, where he was following the arrest for murder issued against him, the seventy-year-old from Sori took his own life. On the tragedy, the deputy prosecutor Patrizia Petruzziello has opened a file for the crime of inciting or assisting suicide. A technical step, in order to perform the autopsy, entrusted to the coroner Francesco Ventura. What the investigators want to verify, in fact, is whether, in addition to the measures taken in prison, something else could be done to avoid such an epilogue. In short, the hypothesis is of a possible omission, not of an active instigation to suicide. Focused, among other things, on the fact that the man was in a cell monitored by a camera.
According to what has been reconstructed so far by those who investigate, the seventy-year-old took his own life around 15.30. In about 10 minutes, the time his two cellmates were out in the fresh air. After the long inspection by the magistrate, the coroner and the forensic scientist, the trail of an attack disguised as a voluntary gesture was almost definitively excluded. The man, who had been stopped by the carabinieri, was in Marassi in the intensive health care section, after five days of isolation to ward off any Covid infections. On June 23, the psychiatrist who had subjected him to an interview ruled out suicidal intentions. But also in consideration of his age and the crime committed (jealousy would have moved the man, according to the investigators), inclusion in a normal section was excluded. So here is the transfer to the monitored video cell.
The prosecutor had asked to monitor him according to the expert opinion which, in a few days, should have assessed his ability to understand and want. But that video camera, whose images must be observed 24 hours a day by the prison police, failed to avert the tragedy. Why, you’re the detectives. According to the findings of the carabinieri, some ago the man had been transferred to the emergency room after having ingested a strong dose of drugs. An alarm bell for investigators. But it did not emerge in Marassi’s talks with the psychiatrist.
“The prisons of Liguria can no longer bear the weight of the indifference of the penitentiary administration – says Michele Lorenzo, secretary for Liguria of the Autonomous Penitentiary Police Syndicate – it is essential to meet and understand what is not working. We believe it would have been appropriate that this man, perhaps, was assigned to a Rems, unaccompanied in a prison “.
These are the residences for the implementation of security measures (which have supplanted the former psychiatric hospitals). In reality, to access a person must have already been declared infirm or semi-stationary and dangerous, through an expert opinion. And an interim security measure must have been issued against him. However, no judge had ordered any of this for the seventy-year-old. On Friday 19th century he tried to contact the top management of the prison, but got no response. In the meantime, the conditions of the man’s partner have improved.