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‘Jealous’ pensioner stabs prostitute

A 74-year-old pensioner has confessed to stabbing his prostitute ex-girlfriend five times in a jealous rage, Italian media has reported.

'Jealous' pensioner stabs prostitute
The woman suffered five stab wounds and five broken ribs in the attack. Thomas Samson/AFP

The couple had been together for a year in Guidonia, north east of Rome, but in February she left him to return to work as a prostitute, Il Messaggero reported.

But the 74-year-old widow continued to stalk the woman, aged 56, who reported him twice to police.

On Saturday morning the pensioner, who was living off a disability pension, turned up by the petrol station where she would wait for clients and persuaded her to get into his vehicle.

He then drove her to a secluded spot where he reportedly stabbed her in the neck, arms and hands while she tried to defend herself. In the process she managed to grab the knife and throw it into the bushes before attempting to escape.

She ran 150 metres before one of the heels on her shoes broke causing her to fall. Her attacker then stabbed her in the abdomen and chest. Believing her to be dead, he then fled the scene.

She was discovered later by a passerby in a pool of blood and was taken to the San Giovanni Evangelista hospital in Tivoli.

In total the woman suffered five stab wounds and five broken ribs. Her wounds are not life-threatening.

The man has since confessed to the attack telling police “I attacked her because she hit me with a hammer”.

He is currently under house arrest but is unlikely to go to jail because of his age.

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New York returns millions worth of stolen art to Italy

Prosecutors in New York on Tuesday returned dozens of antiquities stolen from Italy and valued at around $19 million, some of which were found in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

New York returns millions worth of stolen art to Italy

“These 58 pieces represent thousands of years of rich history, yet traffickers throughout Italy utilized looters to steal these items and to line their own pockets,” said Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, noting that it was the third such repatriation in nine months.

“For far too long, they have sat in museums, homes, and galleries that had no rightful claim to their ownership,” he said at a ceremony attended by Italian diplomats and law enforcement officials.

The stolen items had been sold to Michael Steinhardt, one of the world’s leading collectors of ancient art, the DA’s office said, adding that he had been slapped with a “first-of-its-kind lifetime ban on acquiring antiquities.”

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Among the recovered treasures, which in some cases were sold to “unwitting collectors and museums,” were a marble head of the Greek goddess Athena from 200 B.C.E. and a drinking cup dating back to 470 B.C.E, officials said.

The pieces were stolen at the behest of four men who “all led highly lucrative criminal enterprises – often in competition with one another – where they would use local looters to raid archaeological sites throughout Italy, many of which were insufficiently guarded,” the DA’s office said.

One of them, Pasquale Camera, was “a regional crime boss who organized thefts from museums and churches as early as the 1960s. He then began purchasing stolen artifacts from local looters and sold them to antiquities dealers,” it added.

It said that this year alone, the DA’s office has “returned nearly 300 antiquities valued at over $66 million to 12 countries.”

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