His son Giuseppe is in the courtroom when the judge issues the guilty verdict against the person responsible for his father’s death, Leonard Vitalethe 69-year-old madonnaro, originally from Oria, who died after a robbery that ended in blood near via don Bosco, one of the narrow streets near the Lecce railway station. Mamadou Lamina 23-year-old boy of Senegalese origin, was sentenced to 9 years’ imprisonment on charges of manslaughter and aggravated robbery as established by the investigating judge Marcellus Rizzo at the end of the abbreviated process which allows a reduction of one third on the sentence.
“We are satisfied with the verdict issued by the judge – comments the son’s lawyer, Raphael Fish – because we have always trusted in the good work of the police and in a fair sentence from the Court”. Yet many on social media are convinced that a “human life cannot be worth 9 years in prison”.
Not even the defendant’s defense is happy, who will have to leave the Italian territory once the sentence has been expiated as indicated in the sentence and pay a provisional amount of 400 thousand euros in favor of the civil party. “We will appeal – reports the lawyer Alexander Stomeo – because the death of the madonnaro must be considered a completely fortuitous event and not wanted by my client”.
Lecce, a 29-year-old arrested for the death of the madonnaro: he allegedly attacked him to rob him
by Francesco Oliva
October 14, 2021
Of course, the advice of the coroner Albert Tortorella he said otherwise because he determined that the victim was punched in the left cheekbone before falling to the floor and ending up in a coma for nine days. Then the artist’s heart stopped beating. “I didn’t want to kill him, I just wanted some money to eat” claimed the Senegalese boy during the interrogation immediately after his arrest by the agents of the Flying Squad. Before the judge Alessandra Sermarini he said he did not realize that the man had been injured and that he only learned of his death when the policemen tracked him down on the street to take him to the police station. “I didn’t know he was dead – he reported – when we fell, I took the trolley and fled, then I stole a bike and went home”.CopyAMP code.
Vitale was now at home in the Salento capital where he drew sacred images in the streets of the center by brushing icons with his colors and palettes. He was mostly stationed in via Trinchese near the Apollo Theater. As a night residence he had chosen the area of the railway station where, on the evening of 5 October 2021, he was attacked. The young Senegalese had noticed Vitale in a kebab shop in the area while he was handling a wad of money that he had just taken out of his trolley with colors and chalks, which he used to paint sacred images on the streets of the center of Lecce.
“He killed my father, but I have no hatred.” The son of the madonnaro killed in Lecce speaks
by Francesco Oliva
October 15, 2021
Once out of the club, the Senegalese allegedly followed the Madonnaro and then attacked him from behind in a poorly lit stretch of Via Don Bosco. He tried to snatch the trolley from his hands, but Vitale resisted until the handle of the suitcase broke and they both ended up on the ground. Lamin lost track for a few days but the investigators, thanks to the images of the video surveillance cameras and listening to some witnesses, managed to trace his identity. Moreover, when the 23-year-old – who earned a living as a street vendor selling bracelets, after having harvested tomatoes in the Foggia area for years – was stopped, he was wearing the same clothes as on the evening of the attack: a pair of dark jeans and a tracksuit sweatshirt.