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Pensioner stabs ex-wife to death on Italian street

A pensioner has stabbed his ex-wife to death on a street in the central Marche region, Italian media reported on Tuesday.

Pensioner stabs ex-wife to death on Italian street
The attack happened in the central Marche region. Photo: Dom Dada/Flickr

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. 

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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