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Pensioner kills pump attendant in price row

A pensioner in Sicily has confessed shooting dead a petrol pump attendant. His motive? The fuel was too expensive.

Pensioner kills pump attendant in price row
The killer was identified thanks to CCTV footage from the area. Police car photo: Shutterstock

Mario Di Fiore, 63, shot Nicola Lombardo, 44, in the back on Saturday at around 3pm at a petrol station in Palermo. The bullet hit Lombrado in the spleen and he later died from his injuries following a six-hour operation.

Di Fiore was arrested on Saturday night after his licence plate was identified on CCTV. He was taken in for questioning and later confessed to shooting Lombardo with a gun that he had obtained illegally.

As a motive Di Fiore explained that they had argued over the price of fuel, Giornale di Sicilia reported.

The pensioner's shock confession brings a bizarre ending to bloody killing which had initially confused the police who suspected it had been a mafia hit.

At first investigations had focused on private life of the victim, who had worked for a short time at the petrol station, which belongs to the brother of a man killed by the mafia.

 

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 Italian police arrest mafia member after three women killed in Rome

Italian police on Saturday arrested a mafia member suspected of killing two alleged Chinese prostitutes and a Colombian sex worker in Rome, local media reported.

 Italian police arrest mafia member after three women killed in Rome

The bodies of the two Chinese women were discovered in a residential building in the upmarket Prati district on Thursday morning, while the body of the South American was found in an apartment in the same neighbourhood an hour later.

All three victims were stabbed, according to Italian media reports.

According to the Corriere della Sera newspaper, footage from surveillance cameras allowed police to identify 51-year-old Giandavide De Pau, who had been prosecuted in the past for drug trafficking and sexual assault.

The suspect is reportedly a member of a mafia clan headed by Michele Senese, who is currently serving a life sentence. De Pau is believed to have been one of Senese’s closest collaborators, acting as his personal driver and handyman.

In 2008 and 2011, the suspect had also spent time in a psychiatric hospital.

It is unknown whether the suspected killer was carrying out a mafia hit or acting alone, possibly under the influence of drugs, which were found at the home of some family members where he is believed to have sought refuge after the police manhunt got underway, Corriere della Sera reported.

Several newspapers had warned of a possible “serial killer” in the Italian capital.

The body of one of the Chinese victims was spotted by a neighbour where it lay, naked on a landing. The woman, believed to be in her 40s, had suffered head and stomach injuries, the newspaper said.

When police entered her apartment, they found the body of the second Chinese woman.

Nobody in the building appeared to have heard the murders take place, according to residents.

“Everybody knew there was a house of ill repute here, I’d see people arriving at 2:00 am, 3:00 am,” a woman who lived in the building told reporters.

The body of the Colombian, who was 65, was found by a friend, Corriere della Sera said.

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