Venerdì, 19 Ottobre 2018
MILAN

Murderer sought to eradicate every trace of ex-companion

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Milan, August 20 - A panel of appeals judges in
Milan wrote in a sentence-justification that suspected
'Ndrangheta mafia member Carlo Cosco sought to eradicate every
trace of his former companion-turned-informant, Lea Garofalo,
when he allegedly murdered her in 2009 with the aid of others,
the newspaper Il Giorno reported on Tuesday.
Garofalo disappeared on November 24, 2009, more than a
decade after becoming an informant to Calabrian law enforcement
regarding internal feuds between her family and that of Cosco,
her ex-companion.
She was first placed under a witness protection programme
in 2002, but had renounced the security measures prior to her
death.
On May 29, a panel of middle-court appeals judges confirmed
life-sentences for Cosco and three others.
The judges also overturned life-sentences for two others in
the case, acquitting one defendant and reducing the sentence of
another - turned informant - to 25 years.
The appeals judges had to reassess the individual roles of
the defendants when a surprising series of statements and
confessions followed the lower court's ruling of six
life-sentences in March 2012.
Statements by defendant Carmine Venturino led to the
discovery of Garofalo's scorched remains in a Monza warehouse,
north of Milan, last summer.
The judges did not find Venturino's version of events
entirely reliable, however, and wrote that the defendants made
agreements amongst themselves "to save what was salvageable" in
the legal proceedings.
The judges concluded that Garofalo's cause of death remains
unknown.
The middle-court judges wrote that Carlo Cosco's motive for
murder was "bitterness over being abandoned" by Garofalo, a
sense of vendetta that was exacerbated by her choice to
collaborate with the law.

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