Pensioner stabs ex-wife to death on Italian street

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The attack happened in the central Marche region. Photo: Dom Dada/Flickr
12:48 CEST+02:00
A pensioner has stabbed his ex-wife to death on a street in the central Marche region, Italian media reported on Tuesday.

Maria Pia Vigoni, 66, was cycling to work in Civitanova Marche early this morning when she was attacked by 76-year-old Graziano Palestini, La Stampa reported. Palestini allegedly stabbed his ex-wife multiple times in the face and body with a kitchen knife.

People nearby heard Vigoni’s screams and called the emergency services, who arrived to find Palestini standing over his ex-wife’s body with knife in hand, the newspaper said.

She died a few minutes after arriving at hospital.

The couple had fought for years and taken their difficult separation through the courts, La Repubblica said. 

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Last month Italy adopted a new anti-femicide law after dozens of women were murdered by their partners or a member of their family.

While the law aims to reduce the number of such attacks, some people have said that violence against women is a cultural rather than a legal problem.

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