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Long bus wait prompts hospital car theft

A pair of thieves who stole a car from outside the emergency room of a Sicilian hospital did so because they were tired of waiting for the bus, Italian media reported on Friday.

Long bus wait prompts hospital car theft
Giulio Muratore (L) and Michela Adelfio were arrested over the theft.

Michela Adelfio, 40, and 41-year-old Giulio Muratore were arrested outside Palermo in the Fiat Punto they stand accused of stealing from a nearby hospital.

On being stopped by police the duo said they decided to take the car after waiting in vain for the bus to arrive, Giornale di Sicilia reported.

The pair went to hospital for checks and afterwards discovered the Fiat parked outside the emergency room, with the doors open and the keys in the ignition.

They sped off towards Palermo, leaving car owner Petralia Sottana to soon discover the theft.

She contacted police who alerted their patrol squads in the area, one of which tracked the car down after a few minutes and arrested Adelfio and Muratore.

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Italy records sharp rise in femicides over the past year

Murders of women in Italy increased by nearly 16 percent over the past year, with the vast majority committed by a partner or ex-partner.

Italy records sharp rise in femicides over the past year

Data from Italy’s interior ministry on Monday showed there were 125 femicides between 1 August 2021 and 31 July 2022, compared with 108 during the same period in the previous year.

Of that number, the vast majority of murders — 108 — were committed within the family sphere or an emotional context, while 68 murders, or 63 percent of the total, were committed by the victim’s partner or ex-partner, data showed.

There were a total of 319 murders in Italy in the period.

The numbers show that, on average, a woman is killed every three days in Italy.

READ ALSO: ANALYSIS: ‘Violence against women conditions every aspect of our lives’

According to a November report by the European Institute for Gender Equality, Italy came in ninth out of 15 EU member states for the number of murders of women by intimate partners, based on 2018 data.

It came in tenth when looking at homicide committed by family members and relatives.

Womens’ rights campaigners say attitudes must change in Italy, where cases of violent crimes committed against women by their partners or ex-partners are often portrayed in the media as tragic stories of love gone sour, with the killers described as “jealous”.

READ ALSO: Almost half of Italian women report suffering sexual harassment

Almost 3.5 million women in Italy have been victims of stalking, according to data from national statistics agency Istat – but only 22 percent of those report the act or seek help.

Around one in three Italian women suffer abuse at some point in their life.

Femicide commonly refers to the killing of a girl or woman by a partner or family member.

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