A man who allegedly beat his stepson to death with a stick could be jailed for life, along with the boy’s mother, who is accused of not intervening.
The defendant, Tony Essobti Badre, 25, stands accused of beating his partner’s son, Giuseppe D. to death with a stick on January 27th, 2019.
The alleged killer, born of a Tunisian father in Italy, is also accused of badly beating the boy’s three-year-old sister, Noemi, leaving her with a bloodied face.
The victim’s mother, Valentina Casa, could also face a life sentence for failing to intervene in the attack on her son.
Requests from prosecutors Paola Izzo and Paolo Sozio to see both defendants imprisoned for life were presented at the Court Of Naples.
The defendants attended the hearing through videoconference calls from prison, according to La Republicca.
Casa stands accused of leaving her dying son unattended for a long period of time, before calling the emergency services.
Her partner, Badre, has been charged with voluntary murder, attempted murder of the victim’s younger sister, and mistreatment of the family aggravated by cruelty.
Casa allegedly defended her partner and attempted to cover up for him after the incident.
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Despite being present at the time of the incident, Casa did nothing to prevent her son from dying, the court heard.
During the hearing, the defendants were shown intercepted recordings of Tony speaking of the incident:
He said: “I don’t know what got into me that day, but I punched him so many times, then took a bat.
“I didn’t understand anything anymore."
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The court heard a conversation, between the defendant's sister and an ex.
The defendant's ex is heard saying: “Even when he was with me, he was always violent and aggressive.
“I’ve already told him 'Tony, you’re a good guy, you don’t have to behave like that'."
The case has led to question the measures taken to protect such ‘collateral victims’ from potential harm in neglectful families.
The case continues.
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