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Italy : A Moroccan sentenced to 30 years in prison for killing a man who looked happy

Italian national Stefano Leo killed by a Moroccan. / il Messaggero
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A Moroccan national was sentenced, Wednesday, to 30 years in prison for killing an Italian man who looked «happy». On February 23, 2019, Stefano Leo, an Italian salesman was picnicking near the River Po in Turin. He was killed with a knife by Said M., EFE reports.

«That morning, I decided that I should kill someone. I chose to kill that young man because he looked happy. And I couldn’t stand his happiness», Said M. said. The 27-year-old man had a criminal record for the abuse of his ex-girlfriend and his son.

Prosecutors asked for the maximum sentence because the perpetrator had never regretted his actions, while the lawyer of the Moroccan had asked that his client be recognized as mentally ill.

When the sentence was read, the victim's mother declared herself satisfied because «justice has been done» for Stefano Leo. The family had long expressed outrage that the alleged perpetrator was released on bail following an «administrative error by the court».

The murder had shaken public opinion in Italy and had the then Minister of the Interior, Matteo Salvini, tweet about the case calling for justice for the family of Stefano Leo.

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