I was acquitted of murder after stabbing my father to death to protect my mother

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A SON has been acquitted of murder after stabbing his father to death while protecting his mother from a violent attack.

Alex Pompa, 20, was acquitted on Wednesday in the Court of Assizes, Turin, in the Piedmont region. Italy.

Alex Pompa, in the middle, spoke to the media after he was acquitted of murdering his father

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Alex Pompa, in the middle, spoke to the media after he was acquitted of murdering his fatherCredit: Newsflash
Alex was said to have stabbed his father

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Alex was said to have stabbed his father “dozens” of times before calling the policeCredit: Newsflash

He was charged with the murder of his father, Giuseppe, who was killed in the nearby town of Collegno on April 30 last year.

The young man is said to have stabbed his father “dozens” of times before he himself called the rescue service.

His father was pronounced dead at the scene.

Alex has now left a free man after judges ruled he had killed his father to protect his mother from a horrific domestic violence.

Local media including Fanpage reported that the man often beat his wife, who said of her son in the courtroom: “If it were not for him, I would not be here today.”

The judges concluded that the young man’s actions “[did] not constitute a crime “.

Testimony from the defendant’s mother, brother, was the key to his acquittal, in which the young man told the judges: “My father was a sick man, obsessed with jealousy and control over my mother.”

Legal action cataloged over 300 threats directed by the father against his wife and children.

Giuseppe Pompa, 52, was said to be so violent that Alex and his brother, Loris, have long since stopped going out at night for fear of leaving their mother alone with him.

And when Covid lockdown came in March, the violence only got worse, the court heard.

How to get help

Women’s Aid has this advice for victims and their families:

  • Always have your phone nearby.
  • Contact charities for assistance, including Women’s Aid live chat helpline and services such as SupportLine.
  • If you are in danger, call 999.
  • Familiarize yourself with the silent solution, where you call 999 and press ’55’ if you can not speak safely.
  • Always have some money or a bank card with you, including change if you need a phone or bus ticket.
  • If you suspect that your partner is about to attack you, try going towards an exit if you are inside the house and pick up your phone if you need to call for help.
  • Avoid the kitchen and garage, where there are likely to be knives or other potential weapons. Avoid rooms where you may be trapped, such as the bathroom.

The women’s aid provides one live chat service – available every day from 10:00 to 18:00 or e-mail helpline@womensaid.org.uk

SupportLine is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 18.00 to 20.00 on 01708 765200. The charity’s e-support service is open weekdays and weekends during the crisis – messageinfo@supportline.org.uk.

You can also call the free 24-hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247.

On the night of the crime, Giuseppe came home from work angry and drank several glasses of wine before venting his frustration on his wife, which caused Alex to take a knife and stab his father several times.

He immediately admitted his actions to the police, and the Court of Auditors accepted his lawyers’ request to allow him to serve his detention on house arrest.

In an interview with La Repubblica after his acquittal, he said: “Now I just want to go home and get my life back. Watch the Inter match, have dinner with my family. Take a trip, a normal life.”

Alex immediately admitted his actions to the police

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Alex immediately admitted his actions to the policeCredit: Newsflash
Alex, right, with his lawyer Claudio Strata

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Alex, right, with his lawyer Claudio StrataCredit: Newsflash

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