An Italian court has sentenced one Filippo Ferlazzo, Italian, to 24 years in prison for beating a Nigerian, Alika Ogorchukwu, to death.
Ferlazzo, committed the murder on July 30, 2022, at Marche Region, Italy, as confirmed at the time by the Nigerian Embassy, Rome, Italy.
Ogorchukwu who was physically challenged, sources say, was hawking wares on the street when Ferlazzo and a female companion were passing by. In a bid to solicit and draw their attention to his wares, the Nigerian touched the Italian’s hand, an action which enraged the Italian and led him into launching a vicious attack, “using the crutches Ogorchukwu was using to walk to beat him to death”, Chairman/CEO of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, NiDCOM, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, disclosed.
Several passersby did not intervene but were instead seen making videos of the attack, drawing widespread reaction from Nigerians and other people around the world.
The Nigerian embassy in Rome, Italy, described the occurrence as “brutal murder”, then collaborated with relevant Italian authorities to ensure justice was served and to provide succour to the family of the deceased.
“The Convict bagged a 24-year jail term on Wednesday”, Dabiri-Erewa said.
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