(ANSA) – CATANIA, 25 JUL – The Gup of Catania has indicted Rosario Palermo, 61, for murder and body concealment, accused of killing the daughter of his then partner to prevent it from being discovered that the young who was going to have a secret affair, she got pregnant. The girl, Agata Scuto, who was 22, has been missing from home since June 4, 2012. Her body has not been found.
The first hearing of the trial will be held on 11 October before the Catania Assize Court. Also accused in the proceedings, for personal aiding and abetting, was Rita Sciolto, another former partner of the man. For the same crime of aiding and abetting Sonia Sangiorgi (one year and four months and suspended sentence) and the abbreviated judgment Sebastiano Cannavò (hearing set for 12 December) had access to the plea bargain. The deputy prosecutor Antonino Fanara, who coordinated the investigations of the carabinieri of the company of Acireale and of the operational department of the provincial command of Catania, contested in Palermo the aggravating circumstances of having committed the crime to the detriment of a handicapped person and for the having acted for abject reasons, consisting of the intent to hide Agata Scuto’s pregnancy and to continue the relationship with the 22-year-old’s mother. Palermo, arrested on January 17, who is defended by the lawyer Marco Tringali of the Catania bar, has always declared himself innocent. (HANDLE).