Sabato, 20 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Rome judges write that Cucchi starved in police custody

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Rome, September 3 - A 31-year old man who died in
police custody in 2009 perished from malnutrition, wrote Rome
judges in a justification, deposited Tuesday, for the
manslaughter convictions of five doctors from Rome's Pertini
prison hospital last June.
Stefano Cucchi, a 31-year-old surveyor's clerk, died while
in police custody, on October 22, 2009, one week after being
arrested on a drug charge.
The Rome judges wrote that they agreed with assessments
made by forensic experts - that Cucchi was killed by untreated
''inanition syndrome'' or malnutrition, which the judges called
''the only explanation for the most glaring and singular element
in the case, and that is the striking weight-loss that Stefano
Cucchi encountered during his hospitalization''.
Forensic exams filed by the prosecution reported that
Cucchi's condition was not properly treated by hospital staff
and that his death was caused by a ''severe shortage of food and
liquids''.
Prosecutor Francesca Loy said that medical staff were
indifferent to the young man, a drug addict with medical
problems who had been described as grumpy and rude.
Hospital director Aldo Fierro was sentenced to two years,
physicians Stefania Cordi, Flaminia Bruno, Luigi De Marchis and
Silvia Di Carlo one year and four months, and staff member
Rosita Caponetti eight months.
Three police guards and three nurses also on trial were
acquitted.
An experts' report also noted that shoddy records were
kept at the Pertini prison clinic where Cucchi died, with few
notes on the victim's weight, body temperature, or heart rate
while he was a patient.
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''.

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