Italian drug-fuelled students ‘just wanted to kill someone’

Italian drug-fuelled students 'just wanted to kill someone'
Luca Varani was invited to an apartment in the outskirts of Rome for a drink and drugs-fuelled party. Photo: Raffaele Esposito
A man arrested over the murder of a 23-year-old during a drug and alcohol-fuelled party reportedly told investigators he and his friend, also a suspect, did it “to feel what it was like to kill someone”.

Manuel Foffo and Marco Prato were arrested after the naked body of Luca Varani was found in the bedroom of an apartment owned by Foffo in Collatino, in Rome’s outskirts, on Saturday night.

Varani was allegedly tortured, stabbed and beaten with a hammer by the two university students during a two-day party that was fuelled by alcohol and cocaine.

“We wanted to kill someone only to see what affect it would have on us,” 30-year-old Foffo told prosecutor Francesco Scavo, Ansa reported, citing sources.

“We went out in the car the night before, hoping to meet someone. Then we thought of Varani, who my friend (Marco Prato) knew.”

Foffo, a law student, confessed the murder to his father, who reported the crime to police.

Prato, meanwhile, sought refuge in a hotel near Piazza Bologna, where he attempted to kill himself with barbiturates, La Stampa reported. The 29-year-old is now in hospital under police guard.

“I do not know why we did it,” a distraught Prato reportedly said through tears.

Investigators seized two kitchen knives and a hammer from the apartment.