A man who was deported from Malta after being found abusing a horse has been arrested for murder in Italy.
Robert Omo, 24, is alleged to have bludgeoned a Chinese man to death with a hammer. He also reportedly seriously injured a Bulgarian man.
He was charged in the Court of Avellino last week and is pleading not guilty, claiming that he does not remember what happened in the incident.
Italian media reported that Omo was unprovoked when he attacked the two men on July 30, first hitting the 49-year-old Bulgarian from behind and then attacking a 59-year-old Chinese man who came to stop him.
The Bulgarian man is still in hospital with serious injuries while the Chinese man died as a result of the attack.
Omo, of Nigerian nationality, was in Italy after being expelled from Malta. He was caught inside a Xewkija stable with his trousers down, standing behind a horse.
Videos show him chasing the horse around the stables, kicking and hitting it.
He told the Maltese Court that he was drinking a lot that day and was looking for his mobile phone on the ground. But a magistrate didn’t buy that story and in November 2020 Omo was jailed for 12 months for animal cruelty.
He was deported to Italy, from where he had come to Malta, after serving that sentence in the Maltese prison.
Italian media reported that Omo was living in a care home in Avellino but was kicked out after assaulting a worker there.
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