Italian man takes life after €460,000 gamble

An Italian poker player has committed suicide in Peru after losing around €460,000 in gambling.

Italian man takes life after €460,000 gamble
Alessandro Bastianoni reportedly lost €460,000 gambling in Peru. Photo: Photos of Money/Flickr

Alessandro Bastianoni’s body was found in a Lima apartment next to a bottle containing a poisonous susbstance, Corriere della Sera said.

Investigators also found an overnight bag containing around €105,000 in cash and a letter in which the gambler asked for the money to be used for his cremation.

Bastianoni likely committed suicide 10 days ago, investigators said, following a worried phone call to his partner.

“He told me that he had lost a lot of money and I could hear deep sadness in his voice. I tried to cheer him up, but it was useless,” partner Yeinni Ospina told Corriere.

Bastianoni was found after she contacted the Italian ambassador and Peruvian police.

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Twelve-year-old injured after jumping from window

A twelve-year-old girl is in a critical condition after throwing herself from the second-floor balcony of her home in the northern Italian city of Pordenone.

Twelve-year-old injured after jumping from window
The girl told police she was having trouble getting along with classmates. Photo: Luca Parioli

The girl left two suicide notes, one addressed to her classmates saying “now you’ll be happy” and the other asking her parents for forgiveness, Il Fatto Quotidiano reported.

The girl was found in the courtyard below by a neighbour.

She had been off sick from school for a week when her mother went into her room to give her an inhalation treatment, only to discover the room empty and the window wide open.

The girl, who was found conscious, told those paramedics and police first on the scene that she was having problems getting along with her classmates.

She is now in intensive care at Udine hospital with multiple fractures and possible spine injury.

Police are checking messages on her social media accounts to ascertain what might have triggered the suicide bid.