Domenica, 23 Settembre 2018
ROME

Detainee's death caused by conditions left 'untreated'

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Rome, December 13 - Additional forensic exams
released on Thursday regarding the death of Stefano
Cucchi, a 31-year-old surveyor's clerk who died on October 22,
2009 while in police custody in Rome, reported that his
condition was not properly treated by hospital staff and that
his death was caused by a "severe shortage of food and liquids".
The exams were ordered for next week's civil-court
hearings as further evidence for the trial of 12 people - six
doctors, three nurses from Rome's Pertini prison hospital and
three warders - who allegedly contributed to Cucchi's death.
"The patient was not properly cared for, the severity of
his condition was not taken into account and he did not receive
treatment that could have prevented his death," the forensic
report said.
An autopsy shortly after Cucchi's death found he was
severely dehydrated, had two broken vertebrae and internal
organ damage.
The report also said that "the traumatic injuries on
Cucchi's body correspond with both aggression and with an
accidental fall".
A previous parliamentary committee concluded in 2010 that
Cucchi died from severe dehydration.
Prosecutors at hearings in April 2010 said that the
doctors failed to carry out even "the most basic checks" on the
injured detainee, a drug addict with a history of health
problems caused by low blood sugar.
An official in the regional penitentiary department,
Claudio Marchiandi, was previously sentenced to two years in
jail after requesting a fast-track trial for pressuring doctors
to report that Cucchi's condition was "good" after a cell
beating.
"All of the medical staff is guilty of negligent and
incompetent conduct and did not respect the norms for monitoring
the patient according to his condition, leading to his death,"
Thursday's report said.

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